At the World of Little League®: Wear Pro Baseball Logo Apparel; Get Free Museum Admission on Weekends in April
It’s that time of year, so let’s play ball!
The Major League Baseball season officially begins Sunday, April 5, 2015, and the World of Little League® Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store is celebrating, too. Visitors wearing apparel with a professional baseball team logo will be admitted at no charge on Saturdays and Sundays in April. Additionally, Little League players wearing their jerseys with official patches are admitted at no charge every day of the week.
The World of Little League takes the history of Little League and intertwines it with world events and activities. Naturally, there are a number of jerseys or uniforms on display that were worn by professional baseball players in their younger days.
The Museum’s most famous jersey offering is part of a game-worn Babe Ruth uniform from 1934. It is the most complete uniform remaining from Ruth’s heyday and includes the jersey, pants, and stirrup stockings. It is on extended loan from a private donor.
Other significant uniform elements include a jersey and pants from the first year of Little League play in 1939, and jerseys from all four Little League teams that existed in 1940. There also is a jersey (and jacket) worn by Hall of Famer Gary Carter when he played Little League, as well as Little League jerseys worn by two area natives – Mike Mussina and Ed Ott. Other Little League jerseys on display from players who made it to the Majors include those worn by Kent Tekelve, Steve Stone, and Doug Drabek. Cleated shoes worn by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield also are exhibited.
Professional baseball players are no strangers to the Museum’s Hall of Excellence, either. To be inducted into the Hall, members must serve as role models for youth and have played Little League Baseball® or Little League Softball®.
Among the former MLB player inductees and their years of induction are: Mike Mussina (2014); Dusty Baker (2007); Lloyd McClendon (2006); Cal Ripken Jr. (1996); Dale Murphy (1995); Jim Palmer (1995); Nolan Ryan and Mike Schmidt (1991); and Tom Seaver (1988).
The Hall of Excellence also includes Kevin Costner (2000), an actor who is well-known for acting roles involving the game of baseball; Don Beaver (1999), owner of several minor league teams and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Leonard S. Coleman (1996), former president of the National League. Major Leaguer Jackie Robinson also is honored in the Museum. He attended the Little League Baseball World Series in 1965 to provide commentary on ABC’s Wide World of Sports telecast of the Series final. A large disc bearing his No. 42 that hung on the outfield fence at Tee Ball on the South Lawn games at the White House during the George W. Bush administration is on display.
General admission for the Museum is only $5. Children ages 5-12 are admitted for $2, and Seniors 62 and older are admitted for $3. Children 4 and younger are free, as well as any Little Leaguer wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League Shoulder Patch. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, but will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. In case of inclement weather, please check the World of Little League Museum’s Facebook page for updated information about hours. More information about the Museum is available at LittleLeagueMuseum.org or you can contact the Museum at 570-326-3607. Follow World of Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum) and Twitter (twitter.com/LLBMuseum).
Photos Available (high-resolution images available upon request):
The 1971 Little League Baseball® World Series Team from Gary, Ind. (click here to download): The first all African-American team to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series, the team from Gary, Ind., battled the team from Tainan, Taiwan, for the World Championship in one of the longest games in World Series history – two hours and 51 minutes and nine innings – before the international team won. Lloyd McClendon, a standout player for the Indiana team who hit five home runs during championship play and is now the manager of the Seattle Mariners, is pictured with his teammates.
World of Little League Babe Ruth Uniform (click here to download): On display at the Museum is the most complete uniform remaining from Babe Ruth’s playing days. The All-American uniform was worn when Ruth played in Japan in 1934 and includes his jersey, pants and stirrup stockings.
World of Little League Mike Mussina Little League Hall of Excellence Display (click here to download): Major Leaguer Mike Mussina was inducted into the Hall of Excellence in 2014. He joined Little League when he was eight years old and continued playing until he was 15. A member of the Montoursville Little League, Mussina first began pitching when he was 10. Included in an exhibit case are Mussina’s All-Star jersey, glove, and scrapbook.