Tommy John, Parents Of Trevor Hoffman, To Be Honored At Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Tommy
John labored on pitching mounds in the Major Leagues for 26 years, and Trevor
Hoffman of the San Diego Padres in now in his 10th year on those same mounds.
But they have more than that
in common: both have strong ties to Little League Baseball. During the Little
League Baseball World Series (Aug. 16-25), Tommy John and the parents of Trevor
Hoffman will be honored by Little League Baseball with two of its most
Tommy John will receive the
Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award on Sunday, Aug. 25, before
the World Championship game at 6:30 p.m. Mikki Hoffman will accept the George
and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award for herself, and on
behalf of her late husband, Eddie, at the annual CNA Little League Baseball
Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Genetti Hotel in
John played Little League Baseball during the 1950s in Terre Haute, Ind., and is
now pitching coach for the Harrisburg Senators. His wife, Sally John, is a
member of the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors. They live
in Charlotte, N.C.
and Mrs. Hoffman were deeply involved at various levels of volunteerism at
Northwest Anaheim (Calif.) Little League while their sons played there. Mrs.
Hoffman lives in Anaheim Hills, Calif.
The Bill Shea Distinguished
Little League Graduate Award was established in 1987 to serve a two-fold
purpose. First, and most importantly, the award is presented to a former Little
Leaguer who reached the Major Leagues, and who best exemplifies the spirit of
Little League Baseball. Consideration for selection includes both the
individual’s ability and accomplishments and the individual’s status as a
positive role model.
Secondly, the award was
established in honor of the many contributions made to Little League Baseball by
the late Bill Shea, president of the Little League Foundation. Mr. Shea is
credited with bringing National League Baseball back to New York in the early
1960s while also working diligently for the advancement of Little League
The George and Barbara Bush
Little League Parents of the Year Award, established in 1980, is presented
annually to the parents of a Major League Baseball player who were actively
involved in their son's Little League experience. More than recognition of one
set of parents annually, the Parents of the Year Award is designed to be a
symbolic recognition of the millions of mothers and fathers who each year
respond to the call of parental duty and help provide a wholesome healthy arena
for leadership training for the children of their respective communities. The
award is named for former President Bush and his wife Barbara, who were
volunteers during their children’s early years in Texas, and continue to
support Little League today.
The Little League Baseball
World Series is the culmination of the world’s largest sports tournament, with
more than 16,000 games played in six weeks on six continents. The Little League
International Tournament ends with 16 teams advancing to Williamsport for the
World Series. Information for the public on attending the Little League Baseball
World Series is available at: http://www.littleleague.org.
League Baseball and Little League Softball includes 2.8 million players in all
50 states and 103 other countries, with 1 million adult volunteers.