Category: In Memoriam

Little League® International honors the memory of Joe McMillan, Illinois District 10 Administrator. He was 67. Mr. McMillan served as Illinois District 10 Administrator for 27 years (1991-2018). He is predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline, and brother, Billy; and is survived by his daughters, Lindsay, Jennifer, and Leslie; and grandchildren, Anthony and Gia.  

Little League® International mourns the passing of Robert “Bob” J. Stearns, former Massachusetts District 7 Administrator. He was 83. Mr. Stearns, a native of Boston and resident of Bridgewater, Mass., was a Bridgewater Little League volunteer for more than 40 years. He served in a variety of local league roles, including League President, before his […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Charlie Niles, Jr., former Ohio District 9 Administrator. He was 87. Mr. Niles, a native of New Castle, Ohio, served as Ohio District 9 Administrator for nearly 30 years (1979-2007). Beginning his Little League volunteer service in 1968 with Fairfield (Ohio) Little League, Mr. Niles held many positions […]

President George H.W. Bush, Longtime Little League® Supporter, Remembered

Little League® International joins the world in remembering the legacy of President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. President Bush and his wife, the late Barbara Bush, were Little League parents in Texas during their children’s early years. And, over the course of 60 years, President […]

Little League® International Remembers Beverly Gray Hale, Longtime Corporate Secretary and Wife of Late, Former Little League President, Creighton J. Hale

Beverly Gray Hale has passed away at the age of 84. Mrs. Hale was employed by Little League Baseball®, Incorporated for nearly 50 years, and was the wife of the late Dr. Creighton J. Hale, former President and CEO of Little League® International. Mrs. Hale, a native of Williamsport, Pa., began her career with Little […]

Little League International mourns the passing of Annie Plankenhorn, the wife of longtime World Series team host Fred Plankenhorn. She was 76. The Plankenhorns were married in 1966, was which also the first year that Mr. Plankenhorn volunteered his time as a Little League Baseball World Series team host. For 43 years, until his passing […]

Little League International Remembers Betty Pulis, Latin America Region Secretary

Through the generations, the endearing commitment of Betty Pulis, and her belief in the mission of the Little League® program has benefited countless numbers of children and families throughout Latin America. Mrs. Pulis passed away on Saturday, October 27. She was 102. For nearly 60 years, Mrs. Pulis served as the volunteer secretary of Little League […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of David Murphy, former Texas Assistant District 2 Administrator, and Little League Baseball® World Series Umpire. He was 64. Mr. Murphy, a native of Lubbock, Texas, grew up in Brownfield, Texas, where he attended high school. He returned to Lubbock, spending more than 30 years there, before relocating to […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of V. Jud Rogers, former Senior Marketing Executive for Little League® Baseball and Softball. He was 70. Mr. Rogers, a native of Topeka, Kan., was a resident of Knoxville, Tenn., at the time of his death. He joined the Little League International staff in July 1999, as Director of […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Gary Pate, former Texas District 18 Administrator. He was 70. Mr. Pate, a native of Bay City, Texas, resided in Houston at the time of his passing. Serving as District Administrator from 2006 to 2018, Mr. Pate is survived by his wife, Jane Ellen; daughters LeeAnne and Kristie; […]