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The Center of the Universe is now Williamsport, Pennsylvania

August 15, 2019 - 6:43 pm
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

The 2019 Little League World Series begins today with a 16-team field. Eight of the teams come from regions around the United States and eight are international teams.

The international teams are from Australia, Curacao, South Korea, Venezuela, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Canada. The last international team to win the LLWS was Tokyo Kitasuma of Japan.

Interesting factoids

  • There will be no 13-year olds playing in this year’s LLWS.
  • In 2018, 39.9% of the players had turned 13 (85 of 213)
  • Maddy Freking of Minnesota is the first girl to play in the Series since Mo’ne Davis and Emma March played in 2014. Maddy is the 19th girl to play in the World Series.
  • By the way, Mo’ne Davis will be a freshman in college this fall and is planning to play softball for her university.

 

The Profar Brothers love the Little League World Series

Yes, I am talking Profar like in the Oakland Athletics Jurickson Profar. He played for Pabao Little League from Curacao in 2004 and won the LLWS title. Jurickson returned to Williamsport in 2005, and his team finished second.

Juremi Profar played for Pabao at the World Series in 2007 and 2008. He is currently playing in the Texas Rangers minor league organization.

This year, Jurdrick Profar will become the third brother to play in Williamsport for Pabao Little League after a gap of nine years.
 

If Hawaii is in the series – the other teams could be in trouble

Each of the last four Hawaiian teams that made it to Williamsport won the U.S. Championship. Three of those teams won the World Championship.

Central East Maui is the representative from the West Region in 2019. They are the first team from Maui to make it all the way to Williamsport.

  • 2018 Honolulu   Won the World Series title
  • 2010 Waipio        Lost in the World Series title game
  • 2008 Waipio        Won the World Series title
  • 2005 West Oahu Won the World Series title
     

Who was the first Little Leaguer to play Major League Baseball?

Joey Jay – a pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves was the first major leaguer to have played Little League baseball. He played 13 seasons in the major leagues. It so happens that Mr. Jay’s birthday is August 15. He turns 84 today. We are sending birthday wishes to Joey Jay on this opening day of the Little League World Series.

 

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