Big League World Series

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Big League World Series
Most recent season or competition:
2016
Sport Baseball
Founded 1968
Ceased 2016
No. of teams 11
Countries International
Last
champion(s)
Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan
Most titles Taiwan Taiwan (18)
Official website LittleLeague.org

The Big League World Series was a baseball tournament for children aged 15 to 18 years old that began in 1968.[1] On August 26, 2016, Little League International announced that it was eliminating the Big League Level of both baseball and softball. It was patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball. Most recently, the tournament was held in Easley, South Carolina.

The Big League World Series was one of twelve 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 was similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.

The Big League World Series was held at four different sites.

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 had only ten regions.[2]

Also unlike the Little League World Series, there was a host team, which played in the U.S. pool. The ten regional champions were divided into Pool A (U.S.) and Pool B (International). The teams advanced to the semi-finals via a modified double elimination format; the semifinal and final are single elimination. Teams that lost their first two games faced off in classification games.

Pool A (U.S.) consisted of six regions (including the Host team)
Pool B (International) consisted of five regions

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 [3] Illinois Lincolnwood, Illinois North California West Orange County, California West
1974 [4] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 2–0 Texas San Antonio, Texas South
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 Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 4–1 & 4–0 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 (state) West Hempstead, New York East 5–1 Florida Orlando, Florida South
1980 California Buena Park, California West
1981 [11] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 14–2 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1982 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1983 [12] Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 7–0 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1984 [13] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 6–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1985 Florida Broward County, Florida Host 9–1 & 10–8 Puerto Rico Carolina, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1986 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela 6–2 & 6–4 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1987 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 4–10 & 9–1 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1988 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 3–1 & 6–0 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1989 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 1–0 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1990 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 12–1 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1991 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 8–2 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1992 Florida Broward County, Florida Host 5–2 & 5–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1993 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 7–0 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1994 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 3–2 & 11–4 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1995 Taiwan Tainan, Taiwan Far East 6–1 Florida Broward County, Florida Host
1996 Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taiwan Far East 4–0 Illinois Burbank, Illinois North
1997 Florida Broward County, Florida Host 15–3 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezuela
1998 California Thousand Oaks, California West 10–9 Venezuela Venezuela Latin America
1999 Florida Orlando, Florida South 14–2 Canada Fraser Valley, Canada Canada
2000 Canada Fraser Valley, Canada Canada 9–8 Indiana Jeffersonville, Indiana Central
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 I
2007 South Carolina Easley, South Carolina Host 11–3 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Latin America II
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 Puerto Rico 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 Guayama, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
2015 Puerto Rico Guayama, Puerto Rico Latin America 3–1 California Thousand Oaks, California West
2016 Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 6–2 Hawaii Maui, Hawaii West

Championships won by country/state[edit]

Team Championships Last
Taiwan Taiwan 18 2016
Florida South Carolina Host 7 2007
California California 6 2006
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 5 2015
South Carolina South Carolina 3 2013
Florida Florida 2014
Illinois Illinois 2 1973
West Virginia West Virginia 1 1968
New York (state) 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. ^ 2009 Big League Baseball World Series pools and results. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  3. ^ Broward out of Tournament. [1]. The Miami News.
  4. ^ No More Diamonds to Polish. [2]. Taiwan Today.
  5. ^ Taiwan Retains Big League Title. [3]. The Evening Independent.
  6. ^ Taiwan Again. [4]. Reading Eagle.
  7. ^ Culture, science, and education. [5]. Taiwan Today.
  8. ^ Taiwan Wins Fifth Straight. [6]. Star-News.
  9. ^ Orlando Loses in LL Series. [7]. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  10. ^ Taiwan Forfeits, Loses Tourney. [8]. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  11. ^ Tv Crew Puts In Hours For Espn2 Broadcast. [9]. Sun-Sentinel.
  12. ^ ROC Baseball Teams Win 2 Championships. [10]. Taiwan Today.
  13. ^ Taiwan Claims Big League World Title. [11]. Mohave Daily Miner.

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