Big League World Series

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Big League World Series
Sport Baseball
Founded 1968
No. of teams 11
Countries International
Most recent champion(s) Florida Clearwater, Florida
Most titles Taiwan Taiwan (17)
Official website LittleLeague.org

The Big League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 15 to 18 years old that began in 1968.[1] It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball. Charlotte, North Carolina was the host city for the first two years of the tournament. The tournament was then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida until 1998.[2] Currently the tournament is held in Easley, South Carolina.

The Big League World Series is one of nine tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions. The tournament structure for each division's World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.

Tournament format[edit]

Unlike the Little League World Series — which has sixteen regions (eight in the U.S. and eight international) — the Big League World Series has only ten regions.[3]

Also unlike the Little League World Series, there is a host team, which plays in the U.S. pool. The ten regional champions are divided into Pool A (U.S.) and Pool B (International). The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals, to determine the U.S. champion and the International champion. The semi-final winners play for the championship. All matches are single-elimination games. The losing teams face off in classification games.

Pool A (U.S.) consists of the host team and the regional champions from the Central, East, Southeast, Southwest, and West regions. Pool B (International) consists of the regional champions from Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

Champions[edit]

Year Winner Region Score Runner-Up Region
1968 West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia East
1969 California Barstow, California West
1970 Illinois Lincolnwood, Illinois North
1971 California San Jose, California West
1972 Florida Orlando, Florida South
1973 [4] Illinois Lincolnwood, Illinois North California West Orange County, California West
1974 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East
1975 [5] Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 2–1 Texas San Antonio, Texas South
1976 [6] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 4–0 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1977 [7] Taiwan Ping Dong, Taiwan Far East Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1978 [8] Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan Far East 4–1 (F/13) Florida Tampa, Florida South
1979 [9][10] New York West Hempstead, New York East 5–1 Florida Orlando, Florida South
1980 California Buena Park, California West
1981 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East
1982 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1983 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1984 [11] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 6–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1985 [12] Florida Broward County, Florida Host 8–1 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1986 [13] Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela 6–2 & 6–4 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1987 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 9–1 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1988 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 6–0 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1989 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1990 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1991 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1992 Florida Broward County, Florida Host 5–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1993 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1994 [14] Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1995 Taiwan Tainan, Taiwan Far East
1996 Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taiwan Far East
1997 [15] Florida Broward County, Florida Host Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1998 California Thousand Oaks, California West
1999 Florida Orlando, Florida South
2000 Canada Fraser Valley, Canada Canada
2001 California Westminster, California West 5–4 Venezuela Valencia, Venezuela Latin America
2002 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Latin America 7–2 Maryland Hughesville, Maryland East
2003 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host 6–3 California Thousand Oaks, California West
2004 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host 9–1 Pennsylvania Williamsport, Pennsylvania East
2005 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host 10–5 California Thousand Oaks, California West
2006 California Thousand Oaks, California West 10–0 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Latin America
2007 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host 11–3 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
2008 South Carolina Taylors, South Carolina South 5–4 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
2009 Dominican Republic Santiago, Dominican Republic Latin America 12–0 California Thousand Oaks, California West
2010 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Latin America 3–2 California Thousand Oaks, California West
2011 South Carolina Taylors, South Carolina Southeast 9–7 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Latin America
2012 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 7–3 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host
2013 South Carolina Greenville County, South Carolina Southeast 6–1 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Latin America
2014 Florida Clearwater, Florida Southeast 2–1 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Championships won by country/state[edit]

Team Championships Last
Taiwan Taiwan 17 1996
South Carolina South Carolina 7 2013
California California 6 2006
Florida Florida 2014
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 4 2012
Illinois Illinois 2 1973
West Virginia West Virginia 1 1968
New York New York 1979
Venezuela Venezuela 1986
Canada Canada 2000
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 2007

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big League Baseball. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  2. ^ Big League Series To Leave Fort Lauderdale After 29 Years - Sun Sentinel
  3. ^ 2009 Big League Baseball World Series pools and results. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  4. ^ Broward out of Tournament. [1]. The Miami News. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Taiwan Retains Big League Title. [2]. The Evening Independent. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Taiwan Again. [3]. Reading Eagle. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Broward in Big League Finals. [4]. Boca Raton News. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Taiwan Wins Fifth Straight. [5]. Star-News. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Orlando Loses in LL Series. [6]. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Taiwan Forfeits, Loses Tourney. [7]. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Taiwan Claims Big League World Title. [8]. Mohave Daily Miner. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  12. ^ Broward All-stars Try Their Luck In Big League World Series - Sun Sentinel
  13. ^ Venezuela Beats Broward, Wins Big League Series. [9]. The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  14. ^ Baseball the right call for this soldier. [10]. The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  15. ^ Broward's Plan: Win Big League Championship - Sun Sentinel

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