District 1

Little League World Series

Throughout World War II, Little League's growth was hampered by the fact that many fathers in the U.S. were in the military. By 1946, there were only 12 teams patterned after the Little League model originally devised by Carl Stotz in 1938 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

In 1947, the board of directors for the original Little League decided to organize a tournament for all known Little League programs (there were 17) and called it the National Little League Tournament. It was later renamed the Little League Baseball World Series.

The 12 teams that participated in the first series in 1947 were:

Willliamsport (Original Little League Williamsport Sunday School League Maynard Midget League (Williamsport) Lincoln League Stars (Williamsport)
Brandon Boys League (Williamsport) Milton (PA) Midget League Montour (PA) Little League Montgomery (PA) Little League
Jersey Shore (PA) All Stars Lock Haven (PA) All Stars Hammonton (NJ) All Stars West Shore Original Little League (PA)

The Champion was Maynard Midget League of Williamsport, which defeated Lock Haven All Stars in the final game, 16-7.

More than 2,500 spectators witnessed the championship game in 1947, and the results were printed in newspapers around the country. The publicity helped spread Little League nationwide, and within a few years, Little League programs were in in every state. When Little League added other programs (Senior League division, Softball, etc.) it added tournament play and World Series tournaments in those divisions. Thre are now 7 World Series tournaments played every year in the various divisions.

In 2017, over the course of 29 days, approximately 935 Little Leaguers ages 10 - 16 from 78 different baseball and softball teams around the world will compete to determine the 7 World Series Champions for 2017.

Little League World Series Historical Results

World Series Schedules (coming soon)


Little League Baseball

August 17 - 27, 2017

2016 World Series Highlights

Eligible Ages: 10-11-12 year olds

Location: South Williamsport, PA

History: 59th Season in South Williamsport; 71st Season Overall

2016 Champions: Mid-Atlantic Region; Main-Endwell Little League, Endwell, NY


Intermediate League Baseball

July 30 - August 6, 2017

2016 World Series Highlights

Eligible Ages: 11-12-13 year olds

Location: Livermore, CA

History: 5th Season in Livermore; 5th Season Overall

2016 Champion: West Region; Central East Maui (Hawaii) Little League


Junior League Baseball

August 13 - 20, 2017

Eligible Ages: 13-14 year olds

Location: Taylor, MI

History: 37th Season in Taylor; 37th Season Overall

2016 Champion: Asia-Pacific Region; Shing-Ming Junior Little League, Chinese Taipei


Senior League Baseball

July 29 - August 5, 2017

Eligible Ages: 13-14-15-16 year olds

Location: Easley, SC

History: 1st Season in Easley; 57th Season Overall

2016 Champion: Central Region; Clear Ridge (IL) Little League


Little League Softball

August 9 - 16, 2017

Eligible Ages: 10-11-12 year olds

Location: Portland, OR

History: 24th Season in Portland; 44th Season Overall

2016 Champion: Southwest Region; Greater Helotes (TX) Little League


Junior League Softball

July 30 - August 5, 2017

2016 World Series Highlights

Eligible Ages: 12-13-14 year olds

Location: Kirkland, WA

History: 19th Season in Kirkland; 19th Season Overall

2016 Champion: Latin American Region; ASOFEM Little League, Puerto Rico


Senior League Softball

July 30 - August 6, 2017

2016 World Series Highlights

Eligible Ages: 13-14-15-16 year olds

Location: Lower Sussex, DE

History: 17th Season in Lower Sussex; 42nd Season Overall

2016 Champion: Southeast Regtion; Cape Coral (FL) Little League