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Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Pennsylvania

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Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, Pennsylvania© 2009 Endless Mountains Visitors BureauMuseum-goers find themselves immersed in the world of Little League from the moment they enter the lobby (above).

525 Rte. 15, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Opened in 1982, the museum chronicles the development of Little League baseball—from the first three-team league that Carl Stotz started here in Williamsport in 1939 to the present-day organization, which has more than 7,000 teams in some 80 countries. Peter J. McGovern, the man for whom the museum is named, served from 1952 until his death in 1984 as the first full-time president of Little League.

The museum was created for baseball and softball fans of all ages. Here you will find pitching and hitting cages where prospective hurlers and hitters can study their styles with the aid of 60-second videotapes of themselves in action. Visitors can also time their sprints running between home plate and first base. Hands-on activities include displays about nutrition, drugs, and alcohol.

Here, too, are exhibits showing the evolution of Little League safety equipment, such as batting helmets, shin guards, and chest protectors. One exhibit includes mementos of current major league players who began as Little Leaguers. Any young player is likely to be inspired by the sight of his idol as a youngster wearing a Little League uniform.

Highlights of many past Little League World Championship games are shown on videotape. Team pictures of the winners dating back to 1947 are also on display.

The Hall of Excellence honors former Little Leaguers who have excelled in their field, including professional athletes, Olympians, educators, and actors.

Behind the museum is Lamade Stadium, where the annual Little League World Series is played. For ballplayers young and old the sight of the baseball diamond can conjure up stirring visions of what might have been–or what might yet come to pass.

?Open daily Memorial Day–Labor Day; closed Tues.–Wed. Labor Day–Memorial Day. Check ahead for schedule changes. Admission charged.

www.littleleague.org/museum

(570) 326-3607