First Names Drawn for Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game Tickets
In the lobby of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, Little League International continued its year-long celebration of the program’s 70th anniversary with Thomas ‘Tuck’ Frazier, a player during Little League’s first season in 1939, selecting the first winning names in the annual Little League Baseball World Series ticket lottery.
This August, Little League International will mark the 63rd anniversary of the Little League Baseball World Series.
Michelle Rhodes of Jersey Shore, Pa., and Mark Mangan from Larksville, Pa., each will receive four tickets to the Little League Baseball World Series World Championship Game, set for Aug. 30 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of every World Series since 1959. They also will receive four World Series caps, T-shirts, trading pins, souvenir programs and museum admissions as a bonus for being the first participants selected.
Each year, those desiring tickets for the World Championship Game prepare a letter requesting up to four tickets for the final game. The letter must be received at Little League International between the end of the previous year’s World Series and the close of business on the last day of March to be considered. The letters submitted by Mrs. Rhodes and Mr. Mangan were the first drawn from more than 1,600 entries. Annually, 250 winners are selected and 1,000 tickets are awarded through the ticket lottery.
Little League International will notify (by mail) those individuals selected to receive tickets from the lottery process. Those whose entries are not chosen will receive a postcard saying they may still attend the Championship Game, watching from the terraced hills beyond the outfield fence where tickets are not required. While tickets for certain areas of the stadiums are required, they are not required for other sections for most games and there is never an admission charge to any Little League Baseball World Series game.
“The ticket lottery is a fun way for people to enjoy everything the Little League Baseball World Series has to offer,” Scott Rosenberg, Little League International’s Director of Public Relations, said. “The chance to visit the Little League International complex, and be a part of the World Championship Game is a memorial experience. But, everyone should remember, even if you don’t have a ticket, you can always come to any World Series game and enjoy the greatest youth sporting event in the world.”
The 2009 Little League Baseball World Series begins on Aug. 21. Information on attending the World Series can be found on our website under media.
Thomas ‘Tuck’ Frazier, with assistance from “Dugout,” Little League’s mascot, drew the first ticket winner for the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Wednesday at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum. Attending the Little League Baseball World Series is free of charge and no admission tickets are sold. The annual ticket lottery provides the winners with stadium tickets to the World Championship Game played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, along with other gifts.