NEW LITTLE LEAGUE STADIUM IN POLAND TO BE NAMED FOR STAN MUSIAL
WILLIAMSPORT, PA – A 4,000-seat baseball stadium will be dedicated Saturday to one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and one of the greatest supporters of Little League Baseball: Stan "The Man" Musial.
What makes this stadium different is its location. The Stan Musial Stadium is located at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland. Mr. Musial, along with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will attend the ceremony before the championship game of the Junior League Baseball European Tournament for 13-14-year-olds.
Others present will be: Peter O’Malley of Los Angeles, president of the Little League Foundation and former president and chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Aldo Notari of Parma, Italy, president of the International Baseball Association; Edward J. Piszek of Fort Washington, Pa., trustee of the Little League Foundation and founder of Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens; Theodore H. Reich of Williamsport, chairman of the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jersey Shore (Pa.) State Bank; and Stephen D. Keener of Williamsport, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
Mr. Musial, a strong supporter of Polish-American causes, received the Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award at the Little League Baseball 21st International Congress in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. He is one of the most well-respected athletes in all sports, and has been honored for his philanthropic efforts by the Polish government. During his playing career, he had exactly the same number of hits (1,815) at home as on the road. He hit 475 career home runs and had a .331 lifetime batting average.
"Little League is pleased to recognize not only a great baseball player, but a great person," said Mr. Keener. "Stan’s efforts to advance baseball and the Little League program in Poland have benefited thousands of children, and will benefit millions in the years to come."
Construction of the conventional-size stadium is part of an overall project to build a Little League facility in the heart of Eastern Europe that serves the 55 countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have Little League programs. The stadium will be used throughout the playing season by Little League’s teen-age divisions as well as the Polish Baseball Federation. It also may be used as a training site for the Polish Olympic Baseball Team. There are more than 900 regular season Little League teams in the European Region, with 81 in Poland.
It is the second stadium to be built at the Kutno complex. The first, for players 12 and under, was built in 1996. When completed, the complex will include additional playing fields, a dining facility, dormitories, an office building, conference and training center, tennis courts, a basketball court and a swimming pool.
Little League is the world’s largest youth sports organization, with 2.9 million players in all 50 states and 103 other countries.