John W. "Jack" Lundy Retires From Little League Baseball International Board Of Directors
Theodore H. Reich,
Chairman of the Little League Baseball
International Board of Directors, presents a commemorative plaque to John W. "Jack" Lundy.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After more than six decades
of hands-on involvement with Little League Baseball, John W. "Jack"
Lundy is retiring from the Little League Baseball International Board of
Directors, it was announced today (Dec. 20, 2000) by Stephen D. Keener,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
Mr. Lundy is the only living person who has
remained involved with Little League since its founding in 1939 here. As owner
(until 1974) of Lundy Lumber (now Lundy Construction), Mr. Lundy was one of the first three
sponsors of Little League teams in 1939.
"I know I am speaking for the entire board
when I say that Jack Lundy will be missed," Theodore H. Reich, Chairman of
the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors, said. "We have
always depended on his advice and counsel."
Mr. Lundy’s retirement became official at the
board’s annual meeting on Nov. 10 where he was presented with a plaque
commemorating his service.
"Quite simply, there is nobody like John
Lundy in the world," Mr. Keener said. "He is the only one who has been
with Little League since the very beginning. He has always been there for the
children of Little League, and we all owe him a debt we can never hope to repay.
Little League has benefited immeasurably from its relationship with the Lundy
at his office in Williamsport, Pa.
One of the major facilities at Little League
Baseball International Headquarters in Williamsport, the John W. Lundy Little
League Conference Center, is named for Mr. Lundy, who began his tenure as a
volunteer member of the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors
in 1981. Since 1939 however, Lundy Lumber has been a sponsor of Little League
teams in the Williamsport area every year. As such, Lundy Lumber is the oldest
Little League sponsor in the world.
"It’s been an honor for me to be a part of
the Little League International Board," Mr. Lundy said. "But that
doesn’t mean the end of it. Even though I am retiring from the board, I will
always support Little League."
John Lundy’s relationship with Little League
began in the spring of 1939 when Little League’s late founder, Carl E. Stotz,
scoured the Williamsport area for team sponsors. But the Depression-era economy
made it difficult for most businesses to commit to funding the fledgling
After securing the first two sponsors (Lycoming
Dairy and Jumbo Pretzel), Mr. Stotz asked his employer – John Lundy – for
"He didn’t want to ask his employer –
which was me," Mr. Lundy said. "Finally he ran out of steam, and
economically he needed three sponsors. So he asked us and we went along with
him. He needed money because he promised the kids that he would buy them
uniforms like the big league players.
"I saw the first game ever played, when
Lundy beat Lycoming Dairy. It wasn’t a very big crowd because most people
there were just families of the players. But it got very popular after
Little League Baseball is the world’s largest
organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.9 million children and more than 1
million volunteers in every U.S. state. Little League is also played on six
continents and more than 100 countries.