The World of Little League®: Museum and Official Store was recently named the recipient of a 2018 ISHY Award, as presented by the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA), for a feature spotlighting the history of the Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS). “It All Started Here,” a video produced for Little League® International by 20/20 Visual Media, shares the reflections of a variety of LLBWS graduates on their experience in Williamsport and how those summers were just the beginning of a successful life in sports and impacting others.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the International Sports Heritage Association as the recipient of a 2018 ISHY Award,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “The Little League Baseball World Series has been an iconic piece of history in Williamsport and for all those who have come through it. This great video feature shares the impact that playing here has had on so many individuals over the years and we hope it will inspire everyone to come to visit the World of Little League Museum and learn about the rich history that Little League has established here in Williamsport.”
The ISHY Awards program was established to provide recognition for excellence in publications and exhibits by all member sports museums, hall of fame, or sports heritage organizations, regardless of size or budget, based upon a competition evaluated by ISHA members and communications professionals. With award categories covering books; non-book publications; marketing materials; education programming; and Hall of Fame inductions and/or annual event support materials, the ISHY Awards recognize outstanding achievements by the members of ISHA each year.
The other eight 2018 ISHY Award winners were:
- “Sport Through the Artists’ Eye” – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- “Spirit of Sport Magazine” – The Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- “Character of a Champion: Women Winning Freedom on the Fairways” – USGA
- “Banquet Program: Class of 2017” – Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame
- “2017 SAHOF Induction and Awards Gala Dinner Program” – The Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- “Goodwill Through Baseball, Cardinals Across the Pacific” – St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
- “Reds Threads Exhibit” – Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
- “Super Bowl LI: Anatomy of a Comeback” – The Patriots Hall of Fame
The awards were presented on September 27, 2018, during the Evening of Champions dinner at the ISHA Annual Conference, hosted by the 49ers Museum in Santa Clara, Calif.