The 2022 American Legion World Series champions will get to see some famous American Legion Baseball alumni in person when they attend Game 2 of Major League Baseball’s World Series this weekend.
The team from Troy, Ala., Post 70 will be in Houston on Saturday when the Astros host the Philadelphia Phillies, an honor they earned after winning the ALWS in Shelby, N.C., on Aug. 16. They will also participate in a Play Ball clinic, which aims to increase participation in baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth.
Post 70 became the first team from Alabama to win the ALWS since 1967 when they defeated Idaho Falls, Idaho, Post 56; the Idaho team was seeking an unprecedented third consecutive ALWS title.
On the field, the Astros — who have yet to lose in this season’s playoffs — are seeking the franchise’s first championship since 2017. Houston lost to Washington in the 2019 World Series and Atlanta last season.
Houston posted the best record in the American League this season and is managed by American Legion Baseball alumnus Dusty Baker (Post 412/Fair Oaks, Calif.). On the field, Baker can count on Justin Verlander (Post 201/Powhatan, Va.), who’s 1-0 in these playoffs, and Alex Bregman (Albuquerque, N.M.), who’s batting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in October.
Representing the National League are the Philadelphia Phillies, who qualified for the postseason as the NL’s sixth and final seed but are 9-2 in the playoffs. Leading the charge is NLCS MVP Bryce Harper, who played Legion Baseball in Las Vegas. He’s batting .419 in the postseason with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Fellow Legion Baseball alumni on the Phillies roster include J.T. Realmuto (Post 170/Midwest City, Okla.), who’s also scored 10 runs in the playoffs; Alec Bohm (Post 1/Omaha, Neb.), who’s chipped in five RBIs; and Brad Hand (Chaska, Minn.), who has a 2-0 record in five games out of the bullpen.
Here’s the World Series schedule (all games on Fox, all times TBD):
Friday, Oct. 28: Game 1, Philadelphia at Houston
Saturday, Oct. 29: Game 2, Philadelphia at Houston
Monday, Oct. 31: Game 3, Houston at Philadelphia
Tuesday, Nov. 1: Game 4, Houston at Philadelphia
Wednesday, Nov. 2: Game 5, Houston at Philadelphia, if necessary
Friday, Nov. 4: Game 6, Philadelphia at Houston, if necessary
Saturday, Nov. 5: Game 7, Philadelphia at Houston, if necessary