Little League

Little Leaguer.
a baseball league, founded in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa., consisting of teams whose players are 8 to 12 years of age, usually sponsored by a business, fraternal, or other organization.

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International baseball organization for children and youth, started in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa.

, by Carl E. Stotz and brothers Bert and George Bebble. The league originally included boys aged 8–12; girls were admitted in 1974. It now includes two upper divisions for youths aged 13–15 and 16–18. In the junior division the game is played on a field two-thirds the size of a professional baseball diamond. A season comprises about 15 games. The organization expanded rapidly after World War II; by the 1990s there were about 2.5 million players in some 30 countries. The Little League World Series is held in Williamsport each year in August.

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      international baseball organization for children and teenagers, started in 1939 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by Carl E. Stotz and brothers Bert and George Bebble. The league originally included boys age 8 to 12, but girls have been admitted since 1974. The Little League now includes a senior division for players age 13 to 15 and a big-league division for ages 16 to 18.

      Among teams of the junior division, the game is played on a field two-thirds the size of a professional baseball diamond, and games are six innings rather than nine. Of a team's nine members, two must be under 11 years old, and no more than seven in the regular lineup may be 12. Leagues comprise 4 to 12 teams that play a season of about 15 games; the winners then engage in local and regional play-offs to qualify for the World Series, held annually in Williamsport. World Series teams from foreign countries were barred from the Little League World Series in 1975 because of questions of player eligibility, but they were restored in 1976.

      Little League ball expanded greatly following World War II; in the early 21st century there were more than 2.5 million players in the United States and some 100 other countries. In 1974 softball programs for juniors and seniors were established. In 1990 the league began a program, known as the Challenger Division, for physically and mentally disabled children. The organization maintains a museum in Williamsport.

      A number of organizations similar to Little League have also been successful, including the Babe Ruth League (Little Bigger League, 1952–53), for boys and girls 13 through 18. The Babe Ruth leagues were founded in 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, and have been established in most sections of the United States and Canada. Playing rules and infield dimensions are those of professional baseball. Also played under these conditions is American Legion Baseball for teenagers, founded in 1925.

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