Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball

The Road to Williamsport

Home of the Little League World Series, and So Much More! The road to Williamsport is heavily traveled, despite the fact that this small city in northcentral Pennsylvania is home to only 29,000 people. That's because Williamsport is home to the annual Little League Baseball World Series, which attracts more than 40,000 people to its final game, and millions of viewers to all 32 of its televised games on ESPN [...]

2018-07-13T08:20:09+00:00By |

The Story of Little League Baseball®

Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball By Lance and Robin Van Auken Play Ball! The Story of Little League® Baseball is the remarkable story of Little League® Baseball, from the first diamond in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the playing fields of the world. Little League’s history is told with great detail at the World of Little League Museum, but if you can’t visit the site in person, learn more about Little [...]

2018-10-06T10:06:50+00:00By |

Little League Baseball World Series

The Little League Baseball World Series (Robin Van Auken, Arcadia, 2002) This book is a photographic companion book to Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball (Penn State University Press 2001). It profiles more than five decades of the World Series. In 1947, when the first Little League Baseball World Series was played, there were 17 teams in two states. Since then, Little League has achieved global recognition and [...]

2016-03-29T20:12:42+00:00By |

Grant Supports World of Little League ®

Pennsylvania Historical Museums Commission Grant Supports World of Little League ®   Language professionals are among those who teamed up with the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store for the audio tour guide project that is now available in eight languages. The interactive, multilingual audio tour guide is among the most recent attractions at the Museum, which reopened in 2013 following a $4.3 million renovation project. The tour walks through [...]

2018-08-06T14:05:04+00:00By |

Birthplace of Little League Baseball® Listed in National Register of Historic Places

Birthplace of Little League Baseball® is on the National Register of Historic Places | PlayBallBook.com Birthplace of Little League Baseball® Listed in National Register of Historic Places As the celebration of the 75thAnniversary of Little League® comes to a close, the organization’s first home, Carl E. Stotz Field at Memorial Park in Williamsport, Pa., better known as, The Birthplace of Little League Baseball® has received the distinction of [...]

2018-08-06T14:04:53+00:00By |

Play Ball Like a Girl!

 Although this video isn't specifically about Little League, I've heard the words "You throw like a girl" used as a slur at the ball park too often. It's my wish that fathers and brothers, uncles and grandfathers, coaches and managers, and especially players would consider this taunt hurts more than the individual it's aimed at. According to Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video, "In my work as a documentarian, [...]

2018-08-06T14:08:16+00:00By |

Play Ball! Little League Shouldn’t Inspire Fear

I read  a Times Herald column by Jeff Edelstein, "When it comes to 5-year-old Little League baseball, I was 100 percent wrong," and it summoned memories of steamy summer days at Cross Bayou Little League, in Largo, Fl. I can sympathize with him, as he watched his 5-year-old son get hit by a line drive. Harlem Little League Baseball Opening Day Did I ever experience this fear? No. Not [...]

2018-08-06T14:04:43+00:00By |

‘Little League: A History’: WVIA Original Documentary Film

 Little League: A History By WVIA-FM on YouTube The WVIA Original Documentary Film, "Little League: A History" (premiere June 9, 2014 on WVIA-TV) chronicles and celebrates Little League's 75-year contribution to American culture and to the quality of life for millions more around the world today. More than 2 million young people play some form of Little League baseball or softball. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers manage, coach, or [...]

2018-08-06T14:08:26+00:00By |

Play Ball Videos: What People Love about the Little League World Series

Play Ball Videos: What People Love about the World Series What do visitors at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series enjoy most about the event? If you think "Baseball" is their favorite thing about the World Series, think again.       Have you read Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us with your suggestions or questions.

2018-08-06T14:08:35+00:00By |

Play Ball Videos: Eliska Stejskalova

Play Ball Videos: Eliska Stejskalova Eliska Stejskalova of the Czech Republic, played at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series. She is only the 16th girl to play in the series since girls were allowed to play Little League in 1974.   Have you read Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us with your suggestions or questions.

2018-08-06T14:08:43+00:00By |

Play Ball Videos: The Book

Have you read Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us with your suggestions or questions. This year, Little League Baseball® observes its diamond anniversary, and fans are celebrating with an updated book, Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball and a one-hour, original documentary film, Little League: A History. “Play Ball!,” the best-selling history of Little League and the World Series by Lance [...]

2018-08-06T14:08:53+00:00By |