Little League Baseball
Sport Baseball and Softball
Founded 1939
TV partner ABC, ESPN
Official website
Founder Carl Stotz
Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio
Little League, Wayne, Michigan

Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local children's baseball and softball leagues throughout the US and the rest of the world. Founded by Carl Stotz in 1939 as a three-team league in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Little League Baseball encourages local volunteers to run its programs, which are open to children ages 5 to 18. The organization holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code.

The organization now has its headquarters in South Williamsport, directly across the Susquehanna River from the site of the original league, although it continues to have a Williamsport postal address. The Little League International Complex facility hosts the Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium, and is also the site of the Little League Museum, which provides a history of Little League Baseball through interactive exhibits for children.

A provision of the official national Little League rules holds that “t no time should payment of any fee be a prerequisite for participation in any level of the Little League program.” This stipulation stems from Stotz' personal experience of poverty in the Great Depression .

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