Category: In Memoriam

  Little League® International mourns the passing of Roger Birdsall who served as California District 21 Administrator for 45 years. He was 94. A native of Rialto, California, and a resident of nearby Rancho Cucamonga at the time of his death, Mr. Birdsall, was a graduate of Rialto’s Chaffey High School, where he was a […]

Little League International mourns the passing of Terry Coburn, former Senior and Big League Softball World Series Umpire Coordinator. He was 76. Mr. Coburn began volunteering at Vicksburg (Michigan) Little League in 1976. He started coaching, served on the grounds crew and was a member of the Board of Directors, but most of all he […]

Little League® International remembers Mike Aker, Nevada District 4 Administrator, who has passed away. He was 71. Mr. Aker was the Nevada District 4 Administrator for 22 years. Prior to his election as D.A., he volunteered in many capacities in the Las Vegas area’s Central Little League, serving as League President for more than 25 […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Ann Chadwick, a 50-year Little League volunteer, and the wife of Junior Softball World Series Director, John Chadwick. She was 83. Mrs. Chadwick began her volunteer service to Little League in 1969, shortly after registering her son, Doug, to play Tee Ball while the family was living in […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Barbara LeStourgeon, former Texas District 21 Administrator. She was 75. Mrs. LeStourgeon, a native of Comfort, Texas, and resident of Bandera, Texas, served as Texas District 21 Administrator from 1981 until 2019. While serving her Little League district in a variety of capacities, Mrs. LeStourgeon also volunteered for […]

Little League® International Remembers the Life, Legacy of Allen “Sonny” Yearick

Little League® International mourns the passing of Allen “Sonny” Yearick, a player on the 1939 Lycoming Dairy team during the first season of Little League® in Williamsport, Pa. He was 91. Mr. Yearick was born and raised in Williamsport, Pa. He was a Little Leaguer® during the first year of the program chartered by Little […]

Little League® International Remembers Bill Bair, Member of the 1939 Lycoming Dairy Little League Baseball® Team

Little League® International mourns the passing of Bill Bair, a player on the 1939 Lycoming Dairy team during the first season of Little League® in Williamsport, Pa. He was 92. Mr. Bair was born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., and was a Little Leaguer® during the first year of the program chartered by Little League […]

Little League® International mourns the passing of Joe Morales, California District 18 Administrator. He was 76. Mr. Morales spent more than 51 years as a Little League volunteer, serving in several capacities, including, manager, umpire, and as a member of the local league’s Board of Directors. He was League President of South El Monte National […]

  Little League® International mourns the passing of Charlie Fox, former Texas District 16 Administrator. He was 89. Mr. Fox, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and resident of Houston, Texas, earned a bachelor’s degree (1956) and master’s degree (1958) in geology from the University of Oklahoma, and served in the United States Air Force […]

Little League® International remembers Beverly (Mass.) Little Leaguer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.) advocate Pete Frates. He was 34. Mr. Frates brought heightened awareness and national attention to A.L.S. Through his novel idea and participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge, Mr. Frates helped to raise more than $100 million toward fighting A.L.S., commonly referred to […]