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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > September - December > Former Little League Baseball World Series Player Colby Rasmus Having Solid Rookie Season for St. Louis Cardinals

Former Little League Baseball World Series Player Colby Rasmus Having Solid Rookie Season for St. Louis Cardinals

Former Little League Baseball World Series Player Colby Rasmus Having Solid Rookie Season for St. Louis Cardinals

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Ten Years ago, Colby Rasmus from Phenix City, Ala., was looking back on a trip to the Little League Baseball World Series that ended with a loss in the World Championship game.  Today, Colby is patrolling center field for the National League Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals with his attention focused on the Major League Baseball postseason.

Colby, who attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., for two years, and was a Metro Atlantic Conference All-Conference selection, made is Major League debut on April 7, 2009. Through 136 games with the Cardinals, Colby is batting .253 with 110 hits, 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 50 runs batted in.

In the summer of 1999, Colby, his younger brother, Cory, and father, Tony, the team’s manager, embarked on a memorable journey that took Phenix City National Little League (PCNLL) to the National Championship. A decade later, Colby is eyeing a chance to playing in the Major League Baseball World Series, as the Cardinals hold a nine-game lead in the division over the second-place Chicago Cubs.

Colby Rasmus_CardinalsHitting_300pxEmerging from Alabama District 4 to win the state championship and advance to the Southern Region tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., PCNLL captured the region title with a 3-2 win over a team from Kernersville, N.C., highlighted by Colby’s Southern Region championship game record 13 strikeouts.

In South Williamsport, PCNLL overcame a 6-0 loss to U.S. East Region Champion, Toms River East American Little League in its first World Series game to post consecutive wins over the U.S. Central Region champion, Brownsburg (Ind.) Little League (5-4); and U.S. West Region Champion, South Central Boise (Idaho) Little League (12-0) before avenging its loss to Toms River East American Little League (3-2) to win the United States Championship.
 
Phenix City National Little League lost the 1999 Little League World Series championship game, 5-0, to Hirakata Little League from Osaka, Japan. In that game, Colby was 0-for-2, as PCNLL managed just two hits in the game.

For the World Series tournament, Colby was 5-of-10 for a .500 batting average with a home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in.  He reached base safely in nine of his 10 at-bats.

Results from the 1999 Little League Baseball World Series are available here: http://www.littleleague.org/series/history/year/1999.htm.
The Phenix City National Little League/U.S. South team photo is available here: http://www.littleleague.org/series/history/rosters/1999teams/ussouth/index.htm

Before joining St. Louis, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-hander, was selected by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Cardinals’ minor league system and the best among all Class AAA players in the Pacific Coast League.

Colby was born in Columbus, Ga., and current resides in Wappinger Falls, N.Y., where he graduated from Roy C. Ketcham High School.

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Colby Rasmus (second from right in back row) guided his team to the 1999 Little League Baseball National championship. Ten years later, Mr. Rasmus is poised to play in Major League Baseball’s postseason with the St. Louis Cardinals. Also on the 1999 Southern Region Champions were Colby’s Brother, Cory (fourth from right in front row), and his father, Tony (first from right in back row), who also was the team’s manager.