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First Names are Drawn for World Series Title Game Tickets

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 10, 2005) – Lycoming County, Pa., Commissioners Rebecca Burke and Richard T. Nassberg started off the weekly meeting today at their office in Williamsport by pulling the first two names in the annual Little League Baseball World Series ticket lottery.

Robert J. Viscardi of Milford, Conn., and Marcel P. Ferrere of Grove City, Pa., will receive four tickets to the Little League Baseball World Series World Championship Game, set for Aug. 28 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of every World Series since 1959. They also will receive four World Series caps, t-shirts, trading pins, souvenir programs and museum admissions as a bonus for being the first participants selected.

“That’s fantastic,” Mr. Ferrere said after learning that his name had been drawn. “I live in Pennsylvania, and it took me until I was 67 years old to get to the Little League World Series. Last year was the first time my family and I went to the World Series, and now I tell everyone they should come.”

Each year, those desiring tickets for the World Championship Game prepare a letter requesting up to four tickets for the final game. The letter must be received at Little League International between the end of the previous year’s World Series, and the close of business on the last day of February to be considered. Mr. Viscardi’s and Mr. Ferrere’s names were the first drawn from more than 1,000 entries.

“The ticket lottery is one way for people to enjoy everything the Little League World Series has to offer,” Joe Losch, vice president of operations and corporate secretary for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “The chance to visit the Little League International complex, and be a part of the World Championship Game is a memorial experience for the young, and the young at heart. But, everyone should remember, even if you don’t have a ticket, you can always come to any World Series game and find a place to watch.”

Little League Baseball will notify (by mail) those individuals selected to receive tickets from the lottery process. Those whose entries are not chosen will receive a postcard saying they may still attend the final game, watching from the terraced hills beyond the outfield fence where tickets are not required. While tickets for certain areas of the stadiums are required, they are not required for other sections for most games and there is never an admission charge to any Little League World Series game.

The 2005 Little League Baseball World Series begins on Aug. 19. Information on attending the World Series can be found at www.littleleague.org.

The drawing for the first tickets to the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game is held at the Lycoming County Commissioners meeting. Pictured from left to right are: Rebecca A. Burke (Lycoming County Commissioner), Little League mascot Dugout, Joe Losch (vice president of operations and corporate secretary for Little League Baseball and Softball), and Richard T. Nassberg (Lycoming County Commissioner).