It’s time for the Little League World Series

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Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 9:50 am

For the past 72 years, youth baseball teams from around the world have been traveling to central Pennsylvania with dreams of winning the Little League World Series.

The Series, first held in 1947, is played annually during the month of August in South Williamsport, PA. The small Pennsylvania town, in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, is home to both Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium at the Little League headquarters complex where the series originated and is still played today.

Besides the stadiums, the 66- acre complex also boasts a 16 team dormitory, a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a recreation and dining facility, a 25,000 square foot office/administrative building, a conference center with 14 bedrooms, and the 20,000 square foot World of Little League Museum.

The recently renovated museum offers a self guided tour that tells the story of the Little League organization and the impact that youth baseball has had on U.S. history. “The mission of the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store is to inform and educate people about the history, service, goals, and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball. This has been achieved by obtaining, and curating artifacts and archival materials from the world’s largest organized youth sports program, and carefully presenting them in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Hundreds of these artifacts on display are organized for research and educational purposes, and are used in exhibits to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Thousands more are curated in archives of the museum.” (littleleague.org)

The newest acquisition by the museum is a cardboard glove made and used by a 9-year-old Little Leaguer from Nigeria. The glove and photograph of the boy have been on display at the museum since June. Upon hearing about the glove, the Little League Organization had it shipped from Nigeria to South Williamsport for display. In return, the Little League Organization sent new gloves, school supplies and other baseball equipment to the boy and his team.

Of local interest, the museum currently has on display a case of several items of baseball memorabilia from Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs. Included is a game-used bat, jersey and hat from the 2016 World Series, along with several items from his Little League years. Rizzo’s parents were recent recipients of the 2017 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award in recognition of their years of volunteer service in Florida when their sons played Little League baseball.

All 32 games of the 72nd Little League World Series will be televised by ESPN or ABC on August 16-26, 2018.

First Round Pairings LLWSB

• Game One (8/16 at 1 p.m.): Caribbean Region vs. Asia-Pacific Region

• Game Two (8/16 at 3 p.m.): Mid-Atlantic Region vs. Midwest Region

• Game Three (8/16 at 5 p.m.): Mexico Region vs. Australia Region

• Game Four (8/16 at 7 p.m.): New England Region vs. Southwest Region

• Game Five (8/17 at 2 p.m.): Europe and Africa Region vs. Japan Region

• Game Six (8/17 at 4 p.m.): Great Lakes Region vs. Northwest Region

• Game Seven (8/17 at 6 p.m.): Latin America Region vs. Canada Region

• Game Eight (8/17 at 8 p.m.): Southeast Region vs. West Region

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