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Team Hosts Play Major Role in Players’ Experience

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 10, 2004) – 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 58th Little League Baseball World Series is set for Aug. 20-29.

The host chairman will be Jim Loftus (five years of service). Nick Cioffi, in his 38th year of service, will be used on a rotating basis, as will Craig Weaver (five years of service) and first-year uncle, Bruce Sechrist.

The 2004 team hosts and their World Series team assignments follow:

Southeast Marlin Cromley (six years of service)
Carol Zysset (four years of service)
Mid-Atlantic Joe Girio (seven years of service)
Lee Miller (four years of service)
Southwest Mick Cioffi (28 years of service)
Denny Logan (two years of service)
Latin America Larry Missigman (13 years of service)
George Girio (17 years of service)
New England Fred Plankenhorn (39 years of service)
Paul Weaver (35 years of service)
Canada Edward Weinhoffer (19 years of service)
Thomas Rachael (six years of service)
Transatlantic Hess Wertz (six years of service)
Charles Snyder (six years of service)
Pacific Walter Zegarski (31 years of service)
William Castle (16 years of service)
Midwest Paul Fullmer (29 years of service)
Jack Peters (16 years of service) 
Caribbean Dennis Kelley (22 years of service)
Dick Reitz (21 years of service)
West Ron Frick (two years of service)
Peter M. Lupacchino (13 years of service)
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Ray Warner (22 years of service)
Gary Mayers (two years of service)
Mexico Jim Kriner (two years of service)
Bob Massetti (18 years of service)
Northwest Dennis Loner (six years of service)
Lynn Datres (four years of service)
Asia Gary Weaver (six years of service)
Daniel Ayers (Four years of service)
Great Lakes John Eastlake (six years of service)
Ron Wagner (four years of service)