Little League Baseball’s roots go back as far as the 18th Century. During that time, soldiers of the Continental Army played ball at Valley Forge during the American Revolution. The 19th Century produced a lot of players of “town ball” which is similar to cricket and rounders. New Yorker Alexander Joy Cartwright and his acquaintances played a game called “base ball” in 1840 which was very similar to the baseball we know today.
Little League Baseball has grown to new heights in the 21st Century. It is now the world’s largest organized youth sports program. In a little over six decades worth of time, it went from having 3 teams to nearly 200,000 in all 50 American states and 80 countries.
2012 Little League World Series Schedule
This year’s schedule of events comes from LittleLeague.org:
- Big League Baseball (15-18-year-olds)
July 25 to Aug. 1 – Easley, S.C. (Easley Recreation Complex) – 12th season in Easley; 45th season overall
2011 Champion: South Carolina District 7 (Greenville, S.C.)
- Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls)
Aug. 2 to Aug. 8 – Kalamazoo, Mich. (Vanderberg Park) – 19th season in Kalamazoo; 31st season overall
2011 Champion: Michigan District 9 (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
- Senior League Softball (13-16-year-old girls)
Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 – Lower Sussex, Del. (Pyle Center) – 12th season in Lower Sussex; 37th season overall
2011 Champion: Delaware District 3 (Laurel (Del.) Little League)
- Little League Softball (11-12-year-old girls)
Aug. 9 to Aug. 15 – Portland, Ore. (Alpenrose Stadium) – 19th season in Portland; 39th season overall
2011 Champion: Sterling Little League (Sterling, Ill.)
- Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls)
Aug. 12 to Aug. 18 – Kirkland, Wash. (Everest Park) – 14th season in Kirkland; 14th season overall
2011 Champion: Croswell Lexington Little League (Croswell, Mich.)
- Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds)
Aug. 12 to Aug. 18 – Taylor, Mich. (Heritage Park) – 32nd season in Taylor; 32nd season overall
2011 Champion: Palma Ceia Little League (Tampa, Fla.)
- Senior League Baseball (13-16-year-olds)
Aug. 12 to Aug. 18 – Bangor, Maine (Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium) – 11th season in Bangor; 52nd season overall
2011 Champion: Hilo Little League (Hilo, Hawaii)
- Little League Baseball (11-12-year-olds)
Aug. 16 to Aug. 26 – South Williamsport, Pa. (Lamade/Volunteer Stadiums) – 54th season in South Williamsport; 66th season overall
2011 Champion: Ocean View Little League (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Trading Pins’ Role in Little League Baseball
Trading pins are a huge part of Little League Baseball culture. In fact, the very first “official” pin was made available to the public in 1983. It was a colorful design featuring a hot air balloon. Sponsors and teams now create custom trading pins of their own.
The pin trading tent is set up near the concourse between Little League Volunteer Stadium and Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Many area hotels offer “trading rooms” for players and collectors to negotiate and trade.
The Little League museum also exhibits pins from other World Series championships. If you were to visit, you’d see the Big League Softball World Series pins on display. This is a great way to learn more about the history of baseball and the different teams that made their mark in the sport.
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