Senior League World Series

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Senior League World Series
Sport Baseball
Founded 1961
No. of teams 10
Country International
Most recent
champion(s)
Illinois Chicago, Illinois
Most titles  Taiwan (17)
Official website http://worldseries.bangorinfo.com

The Senior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13 to 16 years old that began in 1961.[1] Since 2002, the tournament has been held annually in Bangor, Maine. It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball since 2002.

The Senior 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.

The Senior League World Series has been held at four different sites.[2]

Tournament format[edit]

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

The Senior League World Series is the only Little League division that places its nine regional champions (plus the host team) into two mixed pools that combine U.S. and international regions. A host team was re-introduced in 1990 in an effort to boost attendance. Because of the mixed pools, it does not have international and United States champions.

The six United States regions are:

The four International regions are:

The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals. The semi-final winners play for the championship, televised on a network of ESPN. All semi-final and championship matches are single-elimination games.

From 2002 to 2014, a pool-play format was used. Beginning in 2015, each pool plays a modified double-elimination format until only 2 teams remain in each pool. The two remaining teams in their respective pools then play in a single-elimination, semi-final match, with the two winning teams playing in the championship. Prior to 2002 the tournament was straight double-elimination. From 1990 to 2001, a placement bracket was used to determine third place.

Champions[edit]

Year Winner Region Score Runner–Up Region
1961 Pennsylvania Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania East
1962 New York (state) West Hempstead, New York East
1963 Mexico Monterrey, Mexico Latin America
1964[3] New York (state) Massapequa, New York East 2–1 Texas Brenham, Texas South
1965[4] Mexico Monterrey, Mexico Latin America Texas El Campo, Texas South
1966 New York (state) East Rochester, New York East
1967[5] New York (state) Westbury, New York East 11–3 Iowa West Des Moines, Iowa North
1968 New York (state) New Hyde Park, New York East
1969[6] California Sacramento, California West 9–1 Indiana Gary, Indiana North
1970 Florida Tampa, Florida South
1971 California La Habra, California West
1972[7] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 9–0 West
1973[8] Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 4–0 Maryland Oxon Hill, Maryland East
1974[9] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 5–1 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina South
1975[10] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 5–0 Illinois Chicago, Illinois North
1976[11] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 12–5 & 14–5 Hawaii Aiea, Hawaii West
1977[12] Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 5–1 South
1978[13] Taiwan Hualien, Taiwan Far East 3–2 Illinois Burbank, Illinois North
1979 Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan Far East 4–3 & 5–0 Florida Tampa, Florida South
1980 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East
1981 Delaware Georgetown, Delaware East 15–4 California Danville, California West
1982 California Goleta Valley South, California West
1983[14] Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 6–4 Curaçao Curaçao Latin America
1984 Florida Altamonte Springs, Florida South Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East
1985 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East
1986 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 5–3 Texas Brenham, Texas South
1987 Ohio Athens, Ohio North 3–2 & 12–4 Florida Tampa, Florida South
1988 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East 10–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Latin America
1989 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 2–1 & 5–3 Canada Surrey, British Columbia Canada
1990 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 8–0 California San Ramon, California West
1991 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 2–1 & 8–3 Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii West
1992 Taiwan Pingtung, Taiwan Far East 1–6 & 8–1 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Latin America
1993 Dominican Republic La Vega, Dominican Republic Latin America 3–1 & 7–3 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan Far East
1994 Florida Brandon, Florida South 13–5 Michigan Midland, Michigan North
1995 Florida Dunedin, Florida South 3–2 Indiana Clarksville, Indiana North
1996 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Latin America 4–2 California Thousand Oaks, California West
1997 Venezuela San Francisco, Venezuela Latin America 10–13 & 3–0 California Yucaipa Valley, California West
1998 California Diamond Bar, California West 9–6 Florida Conway, Florida Host
1999 Florida Conway, Florida Host 10–2 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Latin America
2000 Panama Panama City, Panama Latin America 4–2 & 9–7 Florida Pinellas Park, Florida South
2001 Florida Palm Harbor, Florida South 7–4 Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Latin America
2002 Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao Latin America 8–4 Florida Boynton Beach, Florida South
2003 Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii West 16–8 Virginia Chesterfield, Virginia South
2004 New Jersey Freehold Township, New Jersey East 10–1 California El Rio, California West
2005 Iowa Urbandale, Iowa Central 7–2 Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii West
2006 Venezuela Falcón, Venezuela Latin America 4–2 Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii West
2007 Georgia (U.S. state) Cartersville, Georgia South 9–0 Venezuela Falcón, Venezuela Latin America
2008 New Jersey Upper Deerfield, New Jersey East 10–8 Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao Latin America
2009 Texas Houston, Texas Southwest 9–7 California Fremont, California West
2010 Aruba San Nicolas, Aruba Latin America 8–1 Maine Bangor, Maine Host
2011 Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii West 11–1 Florida Palm Bay, Florida Southwest
2012 Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala Latin America 6–3 California Lemon Grove, California West
2013 Panama Chitré, Panama Latin America 2–1 Pennsylvania Kennett Square, Pennsylvania East
2014 Texas Houston, Texas Southwest 7–4 Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao Latin America
2015 Texas Houston, Texas Southwest 8–1 Ohio Holmes County, Ohio Central
2016 Illinois Chicago, Illinois Central 7–2 Australia Melbourne, Australia Asia–Pacific

Championship tally[edit]

Championships won by country/state[edit]

Team Championships Last
Taiwan Taiwan 17 1992
New York (state) New York 5 1968
Florida Florida 2001
California California 4 1998
Venezuela Venezuela 3 2006
Texas Texas 2015
Mexico Mexico 2 1965
New Jersey New Jersey 2008
Hawaii Hawaii 2011
Panama Panama 2013
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 1 1961
Delaware Delaware 1981
Ohio Ohio 1987
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 1993
Florida Host 1999
Curaçao Curaçao 2002
Iowa Iowa 2005
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 2007
Aruba Aruba 2010
Guatemala Guatemala 2012
Illinois Illinois 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senior League Baseball. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  2. ^ Osceola Wins Bid for Baseball Tourney. [1]. Orlando Sentinel.
  3. ^ Thinks Father is Happy Now. [2]. Kentucky New Era.
  4. ^ Norwich Senior LL Bows 4-0. [3]. The Day.
  5. ^ Wins Little League. [4]. Gadsden Times.
  6. ^ Amateur Baseball. [5]. The Milwaukee Journal.
  7. ^ Win or lose, they're champions. [6]. Taiwan Today.
  8. ^ Giant killers of baseball. [7]. Taiwan Today.
  9. ^ No more diamonds to polish. [8]. Taiwan Today.
  10. ^ For the record. [9]. St. Petersburg Times.
  11. ^ Taiwan Wins World Series. [10]. The Milwaukee Sentinel.
  12. ^ Culture, science, and education. [11]. Taiwan Today.
  13. ^ Taiwan Wins Titles. [12]. Evening Independent.
  14. ^ Senior Little League. [13]. The Spokesman-Review.

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