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Little League International Honors Joe Losch at Retirement Fete

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2007) – Just weeks away from completing his 39th and final year with Little League Baseball and Softball, Senior Vice President Joe Losch was the guest of honor at a retirement dinner hosted by the Little League International staff at DiSalvo’s Restaurant in Williamsport.

Joe Losch, right, Senior Vice President of Little League Baseball and Softball, and Melissa Singer, Corporate Treasurer, applaud remarks made during Mr. Losch’s retirement dinner held on Dec. 11 in Williamsport. At the end of the year, Mr. Losch is retiring from Little League Baseball, Incorporated after 39 years. Mr. Losch’s wife, Flicka, is pictured over his left shoulder.

More than 160 of Mr. Losch’s co-workers, fellow Little League volunteers, family members and friends joined in the celebration.

Speaking at the event were Little League President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Keener; Vice President of Operations, Patrick Wilson; former Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors, Timothy Hughes; former President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, Dr. Creighton J. Hale; and Mr. Losch, who received a customized rocking chair and vacation to Cape Cod, Mass., as gifts.

Mr. Losch has held the title of Senior Vice President since 2005. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations for Little League Baseball and Softball for 14 years, and will continue to serve as Corporate Secretary following his formal retirement.

Coming to work at Little League International in 1968 as a member of the shipping and receiving department, Mr. Losch was named Coordinator for the Central Region in 1969, and in 1970 he moved on to become Director of the Eastern Region. In 1982, Joe was appointed International Tournament Director, a title he will pass to Mr. Wilson for the 2008 Tournament.

In 1991, after two years as Assistant to the President, Mr. Losch was promoted to Vice President of Operations for Little League International, and served as Secretary for the Little League International Charter Committee, and Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Members of Mr. Losch’s family attending the dinner included his wife of 39 years, Flicka, his sister, Jean Trayer, and his cousin, Tom Losch.

Joe Losch looks at memorable photos of his life displayed on this picture board during a retirement dinner held in his honor.

 Melissa Singer helps Mr. Losch unwrap one of the gifts presented to him by the staff at Little League International during his retirement dinner. The rocking chair is etched with the Little League Baseball logo, Mr. Losch’s name, and the title Senior Vice President. Mr. Losch also received a vacation to Cape Cod, Mass.

Mr. and Mrs. Losch pose for a photo following the retirement dinner held in Mr. Losch’s honor. Mr. Losch is seated in the rocking chair given to him as a gift from the staff at Little League International.