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Little League®

Every August, we host the Little League Baseball ® World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport. During the World Series, we welcome players, friends, and families from all over the world to our community. Aside from the action-packed games, the town lights up with community events like the Grand Slam Parade and the Williamsport Welcomes the World block party welcoming the world to our community. Use this page to help you navigate the Little League ® offerings available during the series, and the attractions, statues, and historical sites available to visit year round.

LITTLE LEAGUE  BASEBALL WORLD SERIES

Held each August at the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., the Little League Baseball World Series is an iconic youth sports event that welcomes 16 teams from around the world to compete for the chance to be named World Series Champion. Along with an incredible baseball experience of 32 games over the course of 10 days, the Little League Baseball World Series is a memorable event for players, coaches, volunteers, families, and fans alike.

 

With no cost of admission to attend, the Little League Baseball World Series is a fun and affordable experience for an all-day family outing. A family of four can attend the Little League Baseball World Series (with no charge for parking or admission), purchase a souvenir program, and each person in the family can have a hot dog, french fries, and a large soda all for about $30. There are plenty of healthy options for families to choose from as well.

While seating inside Lamade Stadium (seats approximately 3,300) and Volunteer Stadium (seats approximately 3,000) is often limited, seating is always available on the famous “hill” overlooking the outfield fence of Lamade Stadium, which offers excellent viewing and can accommodate up to 30,000 more fans. No tickets are needed for stadium seating, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, for all games prior to Championship Weekend. Championship Weekend, public seating is typically limited to the hill, where there is never a ticket or pass needed. Ticketing policies are subject to change.

Along with the exciting baseball games held throughout the 10-day tournament each August, there are plenty of other opportunities for fans to enjoy their stay at the Little League Baseball World Series such as fun and entertaining opportunities within the Family Fun Zone, new and exciting merchandise available in one of the three Little League stores, an interactive experience at the World of Little League® Museum, and more.

For more information on the Little League Baseball World Series, including information to help schedule your trip to attend this year’s event, visit LLBWS.org.

WORLD OF LITTLE LEAGUE  MUSEUM AND OFFICIAL STORE

Located just along Route 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store offers a fun, interactive, and educational experience about the history, service, goals, and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum features more than 300 artifacts organized for research and educational purposes and are used in exhibits to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Some highlights include items from the personal collection of Little League Founder, Carl E. Stotz; the only complete, game-worn Babe Ruth uniform on display in the world; the Global Connections Touch Table, and more.

 

The focus of the museum shifted from simply telling the story of Little League’s past to a more dynamic presentation of how Little League has intertwined with U.S. and world history, and even helped to shape history. The museum explains how Little League became the world’s leader not only in the number of participants, but in sports safety as well.

The Little League story unfolds in a self-guided experience that follows the concept of a six-inning Little League game. The exhibits feature a rich mixture of authentic Little League heritage, artifacts and images, cutting-edge interactives, and immersive media. All of this brings home the overall mission of Little League Baseball and Softball, which is to provide these sports to as many worldwide communities as possible.

One of the museum’s top attractions is the amazing Global Connections Touch Table. It’s the only place on Earth where the general public can access information on every local Little League program in the world.

The museum experience begins and ends with the Official Little League Store. Visitors wishing to experience the museum, as well as those who simply want to shop for the perfect gift or souvenir, are welcomed throughout the year.

For more information about the World of Little League Museum and Official Store, visit LittleLeague.org/museum

ORIGINAL LITTLE LEAGUE

Carl Stotz, a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, founded Little League Baseball in 1939. He began experimenting with his idea in the summer of 1938 when he gathered his nephews, Jimmy and Major Gehron and their neighborhood friends. They tried different field dimensions over the course of the summer and played several informal games. The following summer Stotz felt that he was ready to establish what became Little League Baseball. The first league in Williamsport had just three teams, each sponsored by a different business. The first teams, Jumbo Pretzel, Lycoming Dairy and Lundy Lumber were managed by Carl Stotz and two of his friends George and Bert Bebble. The men joined by their wives and another couple formed the first ever Little League Board of Directors. Stotz's dream of establishing a baseball league for boys to teach fair play and teamwork had come true.

 

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The first Little League game took place on June 6, 1939. Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy 23-8. Lycoming Dairy came back to claim the league championship. They, the first half season champions, defeated Lundy Lumber the second half champs in a best of three season ending series. The following year, a second league was formed in Williamsport, and from there Little League Baseball grew from three teams in a small Pennsylvania town to an international organization of nearly 200,000 teams in every U.S. State and over 80 countries all around the world.

PARADE INFORMATION

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Let the Grand Slam Parade be the perfect start to your Little League World Series vacation. The downtown Williamsport festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the Grand Slam Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. It is "Americana" at its best during this fun-filled family event!

14th Annual Grand Slam Parade & Festival
Downtown Williamsport
Wednesday, August 15th
4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Festival begins at 4 p.m.

PARADE FORMS AVAILABLE

BASES LOADED SCULPTURES

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The design for Bases Loaded is fashioned after a traditional baseball diamond with players loading the bases at each corner at the intersection of Third and Market Streets downtown. Each base is connected by a crosswalk, depicting the base lines. From behind the backstop, Carl E. Stotz, the creator of Little League, observes a batter, catcher, and umpire grouped around home plate. Two players adorn each base mid-play, as if the bat has just made contact for a home run. Sculptor, Matt Glenn of Big Statues, masterfully created the realistic characters with meticulous details such as a tattered catcher’s mask and complex shoelaces.

Bases Loaded is a fantastic project located at the heart of the City of Williamsport; the birthplace of Little League and home to the Little League World Series. The series of sculptures commemorates the history of Little League with twelve individual statues, each depicting different eras in baseball with period uniforms including details from the 2000’s, the ’40’s and ’50’s – even patches from the league’s very first sponsors – embracing the diversity and timelessness of a sport played around the world.

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