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In Memoriam - Peter A. Lupacchino

Peter A. Lupacchino, a “Team Uncle” at the Little League Baseball World Series for 45 years, distributes peaches to players in the 1966 World Series.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Oct. 4, 2002) – Little League Baseball is saddened by the loss of Peter A. Lupacchino, who passed away recently after more than a half-century as a Little League volunteer.

Mr. Lupacchino, who began volunteering in Little League more than 50 years ago, celebrated his 45th year as a team host, or “team uncle” as they are commonly called, in August at the Little League Baseball World Series. Team uncles play a major role in every player’s Little League World Series experience.

“Pete Lupacchino exemplified the best in Little League volunteerism,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball, said. “He will be missed, but never forgotten, because ‘Uncle Pete’ was loved and respected both among his peers and the hundreds of children whose lives he touched.”

Team hosts volunteer their time during the 10-day Little League Baseball World Series to be ambassadors of good will for Little League Baseball. They 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 the World Series with their assigned team, from breakfast until well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.