Little League Mourns the Passing of President Reagan
President Reagan was a great baseball fan, often meeting with Little League Baseball World Series participants while he was in office both as president, as the governor of California, and after he left public office.
At the start of President Reagan's eight years in the Oval Office, not a single Little Leaguer was playing in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Bloc. Because of the demise of Communism brought about during President Reagan's tenure, local Little League programs have sprung up in the countries of Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
“Tens of thousands of children in those countries have played Little
League and enjoyed its benefits in the past 15 years, with millions
more in generations to come,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and
chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “More
importantly, however, hundreds of millions of people now enjoy the
blessings of freedom and liberty, thanks in large part to the
leadership of President Reagan. Our thoughts and prayers go to his
family and all who knew him.”