Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., to be Honored at Little League Baseball World Series
As a child growing up in Scranton, Pa., U.S Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., cultivated his love of baseball in Green Ridge Little League. In honor of his four decades of public service in local and national government, Little League International will recognize his accomplishments with enshrinement into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Hall of Excellence on Sunday at the Little League Baseball World Series.
Vice President Biden will be on hand for the ceremony at Howard J. Lamade Stadium prior the Little League Baseball World Series Championship game, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Anyone planning to attend the Little League Baseball World Championship Game, who intends to sit in the stadium and see the ceremony honoring the Vice President, must be seated by 2:30 p.m.
“It is with great pride that we welcome Vice President Biden to Little League International,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball said. “The willingness that drives people to step outside of their private lives to benefit their neighbors and community is displayed each year by those who chose to volunteer in support of children playing Little League. Mr. Biden enjoyed his opportunity to play Little League as a child and, in part, those experiences prompted him to pursue public service as his way of giving back.
“Vice President Biden embraced the enjoyment of playing Little League and used the lessons he learned on the Little League field to help guide his life,” Mr. Keener said. “Serving at various levels of government, and assuming the responsibility of leadership that after 40 years culminated with his assuming the Vice Presidency, makes him a wonderful role model for the current generation of Little Leaguers.”
After graduating from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School, Vice President Biden assumed his first elected position on the New Castle County (Del.) Council. At the age of 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate.
As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Vice President Biden served as Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years. In 1997, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Vice President Biden has three children, and he and his wife, Jill, have five grandchildren.
Mr. Biden is the second Vice President to accept enshrinement into the Hall of Excellence. In 1990, Vice President Dan Quayle, who played second base in the Hoosier Little League of Huntington, Ind., was the first Little League graduate elected to the nation’s second-highest office.
Joining Vice President Biden in the 2009 Little League Hall of Excellence Enshrinement class is Chris Drury, Captain of the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers. Mr. Drury is a former Hobey Baker Award winner (as the nation’s top collegiate hockey player), a former NHL Rookie of the Year, NHL Stanley Cup champion (2001), and U.S. Olympian (2002 and 2006). He was the winning pitcher for Trumbull (Conn.) National Little League when it won the 1989 Little League Baseball World Series championship.
The Little League Baseball World Series began on Friday, with 16 teams from around the globe vying for the most coveted title in youth sports. The U.S. Championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, and it will be televised live on ABC. Sunday’s World Championship game also is on ABC.
More than 30,000 people are expected each day this weekend, but as usual, there is no admission charged. Tickets for stadium seating have all been distributed for the Championship Weekend games. However, seating on the terraced hill overlooking the outfield at Howard J. Lamade Stadium is always available with no ticket required. Parking also is free.
Established in 1988, enshrinement in the Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence is conducted annually for a Little League graduate (or graduates) who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen profession and exemplify the values learned as children in Little League Baseball or Softball. Enshrinees are selected through a defined voting system by the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Advisory Board.
Mr. McGovern, the late President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Little League Baseball and Softball, saw the need for a physical structure to tell the story of Little League. To that end, he spearheaded the development of the Little League Museum. Opened during the 1982 Little League World Series, the museum is located on the Little League International complex. It was renamed in Mr. McGovern’s honor upon his retirement in 1983.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.