Play Ball!

Play Ball!

The Story of Little League Baseball

Book - 2001
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"Play Ball! charts Little League's history from the earliest days and shows how, in many respects, its history parallels America's history: isolation in the beginning; rapid expansion; a civil war of sorts, followed by reconstruction; struggles over civil rights and gender equity; and foreign entanglements. A microcosm of American society, Little League reflects and is affected by cultural, political, and historical trends. Today, Little League is played on 12,000 fields in every U.S. state and in 103 other countries on six continents. Little League also sanctions play in softball, Tee Ball, and baseball for disabled children - called the Challenger Division.
The Little League Baseball World Series, played annually in Williamsport, is watched by crowds of 40,000 each year in person, and by more than ten million people on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Lance and Robin Van Auken were given full access to the archives of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, and have created a fully illustrated and comprehensive history." "Play Ball! contains appendixes including winners of all Little League Baseball and Softball World Series, a year-by-year history of Little League, countries in Little League, and some of the famous people who played the game as children, including Kevin Costner, Mark McGwire, Bill Bradley, and U.S. President George W. Bush - the first Little Leaguer to become President of the United States.".
"Play Ball! will interest parents, players past and present, coaches, fans of Little League, general baseball enthusiasts, and anyone who has ever picked up a ball and bat."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2001.
ISBN: 9780271021188
Characteristics: xvii, 243 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Van Auken, Robin


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