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The American Legion World Series


A Permanent Home for the Legion World Series Since 1925, American Legion Baseball has influenced millions of young people. Values


taught on Legion diamonds last a lifetime. T ey include sportsmanship, teamwork, healthy living and community service. Nearly 100,000 athletes a year participate on post-sponsored teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Many of Major League Baseball’s most notable players – Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfi eld, Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Don Mat ingly, Rollie Fingers and dozens more – came of age playing Legion ball in the summer. Many of them say that American Legion Baseball showed them the right way to compete and present themselves, both on and off the fi eld. Legion teams are active in their communities, meeting with veterans at VA hospitals, raising money for wounded warriors and performing service projects. In 2011, Shelby, N.C., became the permanent home of T e American Legion Baseball World


Series. Prior to that, the national championship series rotated among various cities throughout the country. T e winners of eight regional tournaments around the nation earn the right to compete for the title. T e popularity of American Legion Baseball is illustrated well by the growth in audience of


the World Series webcast on www.legion.org. T e tournament was fi rst streamed live in 2009 from Fargo, N.D., and drew 18,900 unique visitors to the website to watch the games. In 2010, the number of unique visitors soared to more than 104,000. Former Major League stars Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez have offered their voices in the booth for the webcasts. In 2011, the series is being streamed by ESPN3, adding millions of households to the tournament audience.


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2010 American Legion Baseball World Series Champions  Midwest City, Okla., Post 170 Outlaws


2010 George Rulon American Legion Baseball Player of the Year  Brandon Drozd, Post 263, Genoa, Neb. ––––––––––––


Contact  baseball@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/baseballwww.americanlegionworldseries.com  “The Dugout” e-newsletter: www.legion.org/baseball/newsletter


2011 | T e American Legion Annual Report 11


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