Team Hosts Play Major Role in Players’ Experience
These dedicated individuals volunteer their time to be ambassadors of good will for Little League Baseball. Each team is assigned two uncles who take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings to helping in the coordination of the many media activities involving the teams. These volunteers spend every day of World Series week with their assigned team from breakfast well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.
Many of the team hosts are so well remembered by their charges that they maintain contact for many years after the players have gone back home. The 59th Little League Baseball World Series is set for Aug. 19-28.
The host chairman will be Jim Loftus (sixth years of service). Nick Cioffi, in his 39th year of service, will be used on a rotating basis, as will Craig Weaver (sixth years of service), and first-year hosts Stan Helt, Frank Missigman, and Doug Alexander.
The 2005 team hosts and there World Series team assignments follow:
|Uncle||Years of Service||Team|
|Mick Cioffi||29||New England|
(Europe, Middle East & Africa)
|Peter M. Lupacchino||13|
|Jim Kriner||3||Latin America|
|John Eastlake||7||Great Lakes|
2005 Little League Baseball World Series Team Hosts