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Team Hosts Play Major Role in Players’ Experience

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 14, 2005) – Team hosts, or “uncles” as they are commonly called, play a major role in every player’s Little League World Series 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
Marlin Cromley 7 Southeast
Carol Zysset 5
Joe Girio 8 West
Lee Miller 5
Mick Cioffi 29 New England
Denny Logan 3
Larry Missigman 14 Mid-Atlantic
George Girio 18
Fred Plankenhorn 40 EMEA
(Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Paul Weaver 36
Edward Weinhoffer 20 Pacific
Thomas Rachael 7
Hess Wertz 7 Southwest
Charles Snyder 7
Walter Zegarski 32 Northwest
William Castle 17
Ron Frick 3 Mexico
Van Ransom 1
Dennis Kelley 23 Canada
Dick Reitz 22
Bruce Sechrist 2 Transatlantic
Peter M. Lupacchino 13
Ray Warner 23 Caribbean
Gary Mayers 3
Jim Kriner 3 Latin America
Bob Massetti 19
Dennis Loner 7 Asia
Lynn Datres 5
Gary Weaver 7 Midwest
Daniel Ayers 5
John Eastlake 7 Great Lakes
Ron Wagner 5

2005 Little League Baseball World Series Team Hosts