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Owner of Mexican League’s Monterrey Sultans to be Enshrined in Little League Museum Hall of Excellence

Jose Maiz Garcia

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 16, 2005) – Being a member of the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series made an indelible mark on Jose Maiz Garcia, and since that moment in 1957 it has been his life’s passion to bring the benefits of Little League Baseball to his native Monterrey, Mexico.

At the 59th Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., Mr. Garcia’s philanthropy and commitment on behalf of Little Leaguers and baseball fans in Mexico will be recognized as he becomes the first non-U.S. resident enshrined in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place before the world championship game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

In 1957, Mr. Garcia was playing left field as Angel Macias pitched the first perfect game in a Little League Baseball World Series championship game, as Monterrey Little League defeated La Mesa (Calif.) Northern Little League, 4-0.

“What I have always tried to do is give back to Little League,” Mr. Garcia, owner of the Mexican League’s Monterrey Sultans, said. “I received a lot from Little League. I learned about discipline, team work, obedience and how to win and lose.”

Mr. Garcia, 59, is a civil engineer, who built his fortune in real estate development, including the construction of Monterrey Stadium – home of the Sultans. Mr. Garcia and his financial partners were also serious contenders in the relocation sweepstakes involving the former Montreal Expos franchise. The Expos, owned by Major League Baseball, eventually moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals.

“Always a Little Leaguer at heart with an enduring love of baseball, Mr. Garcia is a deserving enshrinee in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “His drive to succeed as a Little League Baseball player made him a world champion, and those same virtues have guided him to become a successful business man. Mr. Garcia has never lost sight of the role Little League played in his development as a person and role model. Such vision and generosity has afforded him the means to promote Little League in communities throughout Mexico.”

Established in 1988, enshrinement in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence is conducted annually for a Little League graduate (or graduates) who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen profession and exemplify the values learned as children in Little League Baseball or Softball. Enshrinees are selected through a defined voting system by the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Advisory Board.

Mr. McGovern saw the need for a physical structure to tell the story of Little League. To that end, he spearheaded the development of the Little League Museum. Opened during the 1982 Little League World Series, the museum is located on the Little League International complex. It was renamed in Mr. McGovern’s honor upon his retirement in 1983.

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