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Exhibit Highlighting Williamsport-Philadelphia Baseball Connection Currently On Display at Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

Exhibit Highlighting Williamsport-Philadelphia Baseball Connection Currently On Display at Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

Phillies Museum Exhibit 1

Ten Philadelphia Phillies players who are on the active roster or a backup for the World Series are among the players featured in “The Philadelphia Connection,” an exhibit at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.

The museum is hosting a collection of photos, awards and other memorabilia highlighting the sports relationship between the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball franchise and the City of Williamsport.

Much of the exhibit is on loan from the Phillies, and is displayed in the Showcase Room through November 2008. A portion of the items included in the exhibit are from Little League Museum’s archives, including a Little League baseball hat worn by Baseball Hall of Famer and Little League Hall of Excellence enshrinee, Mike Schmidt, and baseballs autographed by current Philles, Kyle Kendrick and Chris Coste.

Also on display are action shots of players on the active roster and photographs of them as young ball players. Pictured are: Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, and Kendrick.

Established in 1883, the Phillies are the oldest, continuous, one-city franchise in American professional sports (although the team briefly used alternate names in some years). From Ed Abbaticchio (1897-98) to Jon Zuber (1996-1998), more than 1,800 players have worn a Phillies uniform.

Williamsport is home to the Phillies’ Class A Short Season affiliate Williamsport Crosscutters. Recently, the City of Williamsport and the Crosscutters renewed their player development contract with Philadelphia, which will keep the Phillies prospects playing at Historic Bowman Field for at least the remainder of the decade.

Among the Phillies artifacts on display at the Little League Museum is a miniature of the 1980 Major League Baseball World Series trophy, along with National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards, Rookies of the Year trophies and Hall of Fame plaques.

Patrons are invited to compare photographs of nine current or former Phillies with their photographs from when the played in Little League, or other organized youth baseball.

Part of the team’s tradition is the Phillie Phanatic, who burst upon the scene in 1978. A four-foot tall replica of the Phanatic and a recount of its history is part of the display. The Phillie Phanatic has visited the Little League museum and performed at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport.

The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is located at 525 U.S. Route 15 Highway in South Williamsport, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday through Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Rates are $5 for adults (ages 14 through 61); $3 for seniors (62 and older); $1.50 for youth (ages 5 through 13); and free for children four (4) and younger. To contact the Little League Museum call: 570-326-3607; or log on to www.LittleLeague.org/museum.

For more information on the Phillies; or the Crosscutters, log onto www.phillies.com; or www.crosscutters.com.

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