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American Legion Baseball


A New Benchmark for American Legion Baseball T e 2011 American Legion Baseball World Series drew a record crowd. Played for the fi rst


time at its permanent home in Shelby, N.C., and aired live on ESPN3.com, the series had a paid at endance of more than 86,000, beating the previous record set 75 years ago in Spartanburg, S.C. T e total number of viewers, from those who at ended to those who tuned into the live webcast, exceeded an estimated 325,000. Shelby’s Keeter Stadium received a complete renovation in preparation for the inaugural


tournament, including new fi eld lighting, a 1,200-square-foot scoreboard with message center and video, new 12-by-70 sunken dugouts with restrooms, an 1,800-square-foot World Series headquarters building, canopy extensions, and an additional 1,000 seats. Since 1925, American Legion Baseball has been woven into the fabric of our nation. 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 – Albert Pujols, Ryne Sandberg, Ted Williams, George “Sparky” Anderson and many more – came of age playing Legion ball in the summer. Many of them say that Legion Baseball showed them the right way to compete and present themselves, both on and off the fi eld.


2011 American Legion Baseball World Series Champions  Eden Prairie, Minn.


2011 George Rulon American Legion Baseball Player of the Year  Blake Schmit, Eden Prairie, Minn.


Contact  baseball@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/baseballwww.facebook.com/offi cialamericanlegionbaseball  www.americanlegionworldseries.com


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