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Little League Mourns Passing of Bob Hope

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 28, 2003) – Little League Baseball is saddened today by the passing of Bob Hope, one of America’s greatest personalities.

Besides his storied career on the stage, in movies and on television, and honorary veteran status conferred by the U.S. Congress, Mr. Hope was a trustee of the Little League Foundation from 1971 until 1992. He also was a guest at the Little League Baseball International Congress in Williamsport in the spring of 1989.

“Today, Little League Baseball lost a great friend,” said Peter O’Malley, former president of the Los Angeles Dodgers and immediate past president of the Little League Foundation, a position he held during Mr. Hope’s tenure. “Bob Hope’s service to Little League, as well as his service to our country, will not be forgotten. I know I speak for all of the trustees past and present in expressing our sadness for the loss of an American icon and friend to Little Leaguers everywhere.”