Little League® was founded in 1939 by Carl E. Stotz in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Little League is currently headquartered in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on the more than 75-acre Little League International Complex, with five region offices in the United States and four internationally.
There are approximately two million boys and girls play Little League, worldwide.
Little Leaguers® ages range from 4 to 16.
Little League is played in more than 80 countries and in all 50 states.
Little League Softball® was officially launched in 1974 with the first Little League Softball World Series also being held that year.
The first leagues outside the United States were formed in 1950 on either side of the Panama Canal, the Pacific and Atlantic Little Leagues of Balboa.
The first Little League Baseball® World Series night game was Aug. 24, 1992.
Little League organizes seven World Series. The oldest is the Little League Baseball World Series, held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which was first played in 1947. The newest is the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division, held in Livermore, California, which was first played in 2013.
The Little League Baseball World Series moved to South Williamsport in 1959 when Howard J. Lamade Stadium was opened. Prior to that, World Series games were held at “Original Field” on 4th street in Williamsport, which is still in use today.
The first remote-controlled scoreboard was developed for Original Little League field by Mac McCloskey.
Former Little League President and CEO and Little League International Board of Directors Member, Dr. Creighton J. Hale, helped develop the double-ear flap batter’s helmet, catcher’s helmet, chest protector with throat guard, and the non-wood baseball bat.
Current Little League President and CEO, Stephen D. Keener, is the first leader of the organization to play Little League. He played for Woolrich and Loyalsock (Pa.) Little Leagues. He is also the father of two Little League graduates and his father worked at Little League Baseball Camp.
In 1953, Joey Jay became the first Little League graduate to play Major League Baseball.
More than 50 confirmed Little League Baseball World Series Graduates have since gone on to play Major League Baseball. Boog Powell (1954 LLBWS) is the first to play in the MLB World Series in 1966; Ed Vosberg (1973 LLBWS), Jason Varitek (1984 LLBWS), and Michael Conforto (2004 LLBWS) are the only three to also play in the MLB and College World Series; Yusmeiro Petit (1994 LLBWS) is the only to be on teams that have won both Little League Baseball and MLB World Series (2014 with the San Francisco Giants). In 2015, Lloyd McClendon (1971 LLBWS) and Kevin Cash (1989 LLBWS) became the first two LLBWS graduates to manage against each other in an MLB game, and Todd Frazier (1998 LLBWS) became the first to win the MLB Home Run Derby (2015).