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Longtime District Administrator Shirley Ferguson Passes Away

Longtime District Administrator Shirley Ferguson Passes Away


Little League International is saddened to learn of the passing on Wednesday night of Indiana District 7 Administrator Shirley Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson was the longest-serving District Administrator in the Central U.S. Region, having begun his tenure in that post in 1966. He started his service to Little League as a coach in the Carnine Little League in Indianapolis in 1955.

“Little League has depended on the exemplary service of Shirley Ferguson for more than a half-century,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League International, said. “Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Loretta and the Ferguson family at this difficult time.”

A significant force in the effort to locate the Central Region Headquarters in Indianapolis, the Senior League field at that site now bears Mr. Ferguson’s name. He has also served as the Tournament Coordinator for the Senior League Baseball World Series when it was held in Gary, Ind., as well as host for the Big League Softball World Series when it was in Indianapolis.

Mr. Ferguson’s peers in the Central Region nominated him for election to the Little League International Board of Directors at the 17th Little League International Congress in Anaheim, Calif. He served on the Board for three years. He also served on the Little League Baseball World Series Welcoming Committee.

Mr. Ferguson’s service was not limited to Little League, however. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association.

All services will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1977 South State Road 135, Greenwood, Ind., 46143. A viewing will be held on Friday, 4-8 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time), with a funeral service on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Ferguson family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to District 7 Little League in care of Central Region Headquarters (9802 East Little League Drive, Indianapolis, Ind., 46235).