South Carolina Is Home To Big League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Jan. 9, 2001) – Easley, S.C., will host the 2001 Big League Baseball World Series as a Little League world championship tournament comes to the Palmetto State for the first time, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
The Big League Baseball World Series tournament will be played at the Easley Recreation Complex on Pope Field Road, Aug. 4-11. The Big League Baseball Division of Little League is for 16-18-year-olds. Forest Thomas, Little League district administrator for South Carolina District 1, is the tournament director.
"The volunteers in Easley and all over South Carolina have done outstanding work, helping Little League more than triple in size in that state in recent years," Mr. Keener said. "We’re pleased that this area will be extending its hospitality as players, families and fans from all over the world are welcomed for the 2001 Big League Baseball World Series."
The new recreation complex in Easley offers a nature trail, play areas, picnic shelters, athletic fields and more. The complex is located just a few minutes from Exit 40 at Interstate 85, near U.S. Highway 123. Easley is in the northwest corner of South Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 15 miles west of Greenville.
The other sites of the various Little League Baseball Softball World Series tournaments will be: Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 17-26, Williamsport, Pa.; Junior League Baseball World Series, Aug. 12-18, Taylor, Mich.; Senior League Baseball World Series, Aug. 11-18, Kissimmee, Fla.; Little League Softball World Series, Aug. 12-18, Portland, Ore.; Junior League Softball World Series, Aug. 13-18, Kirkland, Wash.; Big League Softball World Series, Aug. 13-18, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Senior League Softball World Series, Aug. 13-18, Jeffersontown, Ky.
Little League Baseball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program with nearly 2.9 million participants and 1 million volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and 103 other countries.