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First Name is Drawn for World Series Game Tickets

Williamsport Mayor Mary Wolf (center) reads a letter from Kim Burggaller of Hazleton, Pa., requesting tickets to the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series. Mayor Wolf is joined by Little League mascot "Dugout" and Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 9, 2004) – The luck of the draw was evident at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum today after Kim Burggaller’s name was the first one pulled by Williamsport Mayor Mary Wolf in the annual Little League Baseball World Series ticket lottery.

Ms. Burggaller of Hazleton, Pa. will receive four tickets to the Little League Baseball World Series World Championship Game, set for Aug. 29 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of every World Series since 1959. She also will receive four World Series caps, t-shirts, trading pins, souvenir programs and museum admissions as a bonus for being the first participant selected.

In her request letter, Ms. Burggaller wrote, “It would be an honor to attend this event. Each year, I marvel at the quality of humanity that goes into this wonderful program for our youngsters. In such a turbulent world, it is so satisfying to watch the children engrossed in life at its best.”

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 after Jan. 1, and by the close of business on the last day of February to be considered. Ms. Burggaller’s name was the first drawn from more than 1,000 entries.

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 games.

The 2004 Little League Baseball World Series begins on Aug. 20. More information on attending the World Series can be found at: http://www.littleleague.org/media/2004seriesinfo.asp