Do you know when National Little League Month is celebrated? Even though you may have played some form of little league in your youth, many people do not realize the month of September has been declared National Little League Month. If you guessed August is National Little League Month, you are not alone. Since the Little League World Series is played during August, many people make that assumption. Want a chance to prove you know your little League trivia? Take our trivia quiz below. It has only three questions, so be careful not to miss all three and strikeout!
In 1939, Little League Baseball was founded in Pennsylvania. Who is the founder of the league?
Mr. Carl E. Stotz organized neighborhood youngsters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to play baseball in 1938, but in 1939 he enlists other community members to help him and Little League Baseball was born. According to Littleleague.org, Mr. Stotz began the league with a $30 donation to purchase uniforms for the first three teams in the league. Stotz manages one of the teams, and George Bebble and Bert Bebble manage the other two teams. Stotz went on to experience many highs and lows through his association with Little League Baseball. Perhaps his greatest honor came in 1955 when he was selected to be a pall bearer for pitching great Cy Young. By that year, 3,300 leagues had been formed worldwide. Unfortunately, in 1956 Stotz severs ties with the organization he founded. A dispute with the Little League Board of Directors ends with an out-of-court settlement. In 1992, Stotz dies.
The Little League World Series has been around for nearly seven decades. During that time, how many girls have played in the series?
The answer may surprise you. Counting the 2014 Little League World Series, 18 girls have participated at the upper level tournament. ESPN reports that two girls will be competing this year in the LLWS: Emma March of South Vancouver Little League in Canada and Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia. This is the third time that two girls will be partaking in the LLWS at the same time.
Many professional ball players participated in Little League as youngsters, but who was the first Little League player to later become President of the United States?
Allen “Sonny” Yearick, who played in the first Little League game for Lycoming Dairy in 1939, is the first Little League graduate to play professional ball in the Boston Braves organization. Later, Joey Jay, who played Little League in Middletown, CT, becomes the first former Little Leaguer to reach the Major Leagues (Milwaukee Braves). Other well known Major League players who started in Little League include Boog Powell and Lloyd McClendon.
But the first Little League graduate to be elected President of the United States is George W. Bush, son of former President George Bush. According to Littleleague.org, in 1955 nine-year-old George W. Bush plays his first of four years at Central Little League of Midland, Texas, where he is a catcher on the Cubs.
Okay, so how did you do? Did you get one out of three for a .333 average or did you do even better? Want a chance to improve your batting average? Try this bonus question: What family owned business has been providing Little League teams with awards for decades?
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