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  • The American Legion is committed to America's youth and that is why we have sponsored American Legion Baseball since 1925. The goals of American Legion Baseball are the development of team discipline, individual character and leadership development qualities in young people.

  • American Legion Baseball is the oldest and largest, nationwide, baseball program in America. American Legion Baseball became a National program in 1925. Over eight million teenagers have played American Legion Baseball since its inception in 1926. The first National Championship tournaments began in 1926.In 1997, 4,952 teams were registered for National tournament play.

  • Over 95,000 players, ages 15 to 18, participated in 2001. Since 1985, over 1,700 new teams have registered to play American Legion Baseball. Local American Legion Posts also support and sponsor some 2,500 younger-age teams who are registered with Little League, Babe Ruth, Pony, Dixie as well as many other youth sports teams such as soccer, bowling, hockey, etc.

  • On an average, 65% of Major League Baseball players played American Legion Baseball as a teenager.Nearly 75% of all college players played American Legion Baseball as a teenager.

  • Since 1926, Major League Baseball has honored The American Legion World Series Champions at the Major League World Series. The Commissioner's Office annually presents a plaque to The American Legion champions on the field at The Major League World Series. The 2001 National Championship team, from Brooklawn, NJ attended the MLWS in New York and was presented the Commissioner's Award by Frank Robinson, Vice President of Major League Baseball and Sandy Alderson, Vice President of Major League Baseball. Both played American Legion Baseball and Mr. Robinson's Oakland, CA Legion Team won the 1949 & 1950 American Legion World Series.

  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum honors the American Legion Player of the Year with a plaque at the annual induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. The 2001 American Legion Player of the Year, Jay Threet from Adrian, Michigan will be honored at the 2002 Hall of Fame game.

  • The American Legion National Headquarters spends approximately $1 million dollars annually to operate and host 64 teams that qualify for the National Tournament. Each year, 1,280 players and coaches on 64 teams compete at eight Regional Tournaments.

  • The American Legion is the only amateur youth baseball program that funds 100 percent of the cost for hotels, transportation, meals, umpires and baseballs for our National tournaments.

  • Across the country, The American Legion's 2.8 million members have been, and remain committed to, this nation's youth. Our records confirm that 14,000 local Posts of The American Legion raised more than $48 million last year to conduct programs for young people in the respective communities, an impressive amount that pales by comparison to the time, talent and effort given by our volunteers to the young people of America. American Legion Baseball is just one of several major youth programs sponsored by The American Legion as an investment in America's young people. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation programs, which teaches government to 30,000 high school juniors each year. The American Legion also sponsors more than 2,500 Boy Scout Troops, which helps over 77,000 youngsters develop leadership skills through Scouting. The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest encourages young men and women to learn about our Constitution. Students test their speaking ability in contests that provide $138,000 in scholarship moneys each year. The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program teaches young men and women about gun safety and starts them on a path of air rifle competition that can lead to an Olympic Gold Medal. The latest American Legion scholarship program is the Samsung/American Legion Academic Excellence Program in which 90 students will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship and the top twelve students will each receive a $20,000 scholarship in 2002.



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