The Bill Shea Distinguished Little League® Graduate Award was established in 1987 to serve a two-fold purpose. First, and most importantly, the award is presented to a former Little Leaguer® in Major League Baseball who best exemplifies the spirit of Little League. Consideration for selection includes both the individual’s ability and accomplishments, and the individual’s status as a positive role model.
Secondly, the award was established in honor of the many contributions made to Little League and the game of baseball by Bill Shea, President of the Little League Foundation. Bill Shea is credited with bringing National League Baseball back to New York in the early 1960s while also working diligently for the advancement of Little League. Therefore, it is appropriate that a Little League award bearing his name be associated with Major League Baseball.
While not presented every year, the Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award is typically presented during the week of the Little League Baseball® World Series held in August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.