Category: In Memoriam

Little League® International mourns the passing of Dr. Michael K. Smith, 2008 Little League Volunteer of the Year. He was 63. Dr. Smith, a resident of Seaford, Del., volunteered in Nanticoke Little League, serving as League President and several other capacities in more than 20 years of service. Dr. Smith was a member of the […]

Little League International mourns the passing of Mary McCoy, who volunteered in Phoebus Little League (Hampton, Va.) for nearly 50 years. She was 79. Mrs. McCoy was employed by the City of Hampton for more than 20 years. She was a Phoebus Litttle League volunteer for 48 years. She is survived by her son, Philip […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Peter Vardakas, former Pennsylvania Assistant District 22 Administrator. Mr. Vardakas, a resident of Plymouth Township, Pa., was a coach, and later President of Plymouth (Pa.) Little League. He volunteered as a Pennsylvania District 22 Assistant District Administrator and an assistant tournament director for many years. In total, he […]

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 […]