Babe Ruth League

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The Babe Ruth League is an international youth baseball and softball league based in Trenton, New Jersey.

The Babe Ruth League was organized under the name "Little Bigger League" in Hamilton, New Jersey in 1951 by businessman Marius D. Bonacci and nine others as a baseball program for boys aged 13 to 15.[1] Claire Merritt Ruth, the widow of Babe Ruth, met with the league's organizers in 1954 and authorized them to rename the league in Ruth's honor.[2]

The parent program, Babe Ruth League, Incorporated, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.[3] The league has several age divisions and teams in each division compete to play in the "World Series" championship of their division.[4] The "World Series" of the 16–18 year-old Division, first held in 1968, "has gained the attention of Major League Scouts from all 30 clubs".[4]

A Softball Division for girls was added to the league program in 1984.[4]

By 2010, Babe Ruth League, Inc. had more than one million players on 56,000 teams in 9,000 leagues in six countries and all 50 U.S. states.[1]

Baseball Hall of Fame inductees who played Babe Ruth baseball include Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken, Jr.[1]

Championships[edit]

For regions, see footnote[5]
For photos of championship teams, see footnote[6]
For World Series honors, see footnote[7]
  • 16-18-year-old baseball World Series national championship[8]
  • 13-15-year-old baseball World Series national championship[9]
  • 14-year-old baseball World Series national championship[10]
  • 13-year-old baseball World Series national championship[11]
  • Cal Ripken Major/70 baseball World Series national championship (ages 11–12)[12] (The U.S. champion plays the International champion for the World Series title.[13])
  • Cal Ripken Major/60 baseball World Series national championship (ages 11–12)[14] (From 2000 to 2006, the U.S. champion played an International champion for the World Series title.[15])
  • Cal Ripken 10-year-old baseball World Series national championship[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Babe Ruth League, Inc. "2010 League Inquiry Kit" pdf download. Accessed August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Johnson, Gary. "All-star team heading south for regional". Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette, July 29, 2005, Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "History of Babe Ruth Leagues of Virginia". vababeruth.com. Accessed August 4, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "History of the Babe Ruth League". baberuthleague.org. Accessed August 4, 2012.
  5. ^ At World Series, go to "Regional Tournaments" and click on "Babe Ruth Baseball". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  6. ^ At World Series, go to "World Series" and click on "2011 Champions". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  7. ^ At World Series, go to "World Series Honors". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  8. ^ "Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  13. ^ Go to Honor Roll of World Champions and scroll down to "Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old (Major/70)". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  14. ^ "Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  15. ^ Go to Honor Roll of World Champions and scroll down to "Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old (Major/60)". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  16. ^ "Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series". Babe Ruth League. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 

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