Welcome to Little League® - Baseball, Softball and Challenger

Partners & Offers

Active Ad All and Snuggle Ad BombPop Ad BBFactory Ad Chiquita Banana Dudley Easton Ad Eteamz Ad ilead177 Gatorade Honda Kelloggs Musco Ad New Era Oakley Russell Ad Sams Club SKLZ SBFactory Ad Spalding Subway
 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > May - August > World Series Team Hosts Fred Plankenhorn, Paul Weaver To Receive Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award

World Series Team Hosts Fred Plankenhorn, Paul Weaver To Receive Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award

World Series Team Hosts Fred Plankenhorn, Paul Weaver To Receive Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award

LLBCorporateLogo_152px

For more than four decades, Fred Plankenhorn and Paul Weaver have volunteered at the Little League Baseball World Series, serving as team hosts, or “uncles,” to teams from around the world. Their unwavering service to the Little League program for a combined 84 years will be recognized at the 63rd Little League Baseball World Series with recipient of the 2009 Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award.

The W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award was created in 1988 to honor W. Howard Hartman, one of Little League’s most generous and loyal friends, and to perpetuate his memory through special recognition of an individual or organization that has demonstrated a similar relationship with Little League Baseball and Softball.

“Uncle Fred and Uncle Paul are fixtures at the Little League World Series and proud representatives of what being a Little League volunteer is all about,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “The service that these gentlemen provide each year is matched only by the wonderful memories that they have made for the players and coaches that they have been associated with over the years.

“As team hosts they take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings, to getting teams to practice sites, to helping in the coordination of the many media activities involving the teams,” Mr. Keener said. “For all of these years, this dynamic duo has spent every day of the World Series with their team from breakfast well into the night, and are so well remembered that they have maintained contact with players and coaches well after they have gone home.”

Past recipients of the award include: Ray Keyes (long-time sports editor of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette newspaper); Putsee Vannucci (long-time photographer of the Little League World Series); Jack Lundy (owner of Lundy Construction, one of the three original Little League team sponsors in 1939); the honorable Michael R. Miller, Jr. (mayor of South Williamsport, Pa.) and the Lycoming County Law Enforcement Association. Last year’s award recipient was the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

HHAwardWinner09_FredPlankenhorn_400px

HHAwardWinner09_PaulWeaver_400px