By Terry Orr
In 1959, on the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Little League Baseball, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated the week beginning the second Monday of June as National Little League Baseball Week, honoring Little League's encouragement of young people "to develop a feeling of fair play, community spirit and respect for the discipline of rules and decisions."
For as long as I can remember, Baseball (this includes at all levels and softball (both fast pitch and slow pitch) has been my favorite sport. As a kid playing baseball, then later both fast & slow pitch softball, coaching little league kids, and watching all types of ballgames and weekend tournaments. These days, I generally have at least one ballgame on TV during the evening – sound muted while working on blog articles or reading a book.
Baseball is one of those sports you’re an enjoy your entire life and helps children learn how to play well with others, learn that it is a game and losing is not all that bad – tho well all like to win, but it helps us learn and become better people. If you play the game, do your best – then you have done well.
The Little League Pledge was written by Peter J. McGovern, the late president of Little League Baseball, in 1954. It made its first appearance in the February 1955 "Little Leaguer" magazine. Its text has remained unchanged in the half-century since then
I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best
|My grandson Jake|
(He is really very good)
|My grandson Jake & Team Mates|