Saturday, March 23, 2019

Exclusive Open House Set for Saturday, April 6 at the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store

Photo by John Green - LLBWS.news
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 22, 2019) – On Saturday, April 6, visitors of the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, will have the unique opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours of the Little League®International complex as part of the annual Open House event.


“With the MLB season officially underway at the end of March, our annual Open House event gives members of the community a chance to experience baseball in early April and take a behind-the-scenes look at the complex that hosts the Little League Baseball World Series each August,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “The experience provided to our visitors during this event is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity and provides an inside look at the more than 70 acres that the Little League International Complex offers.”

Included in the event will be two full-complex tours beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, that will be led by a member of the Museum staff. There is no fee for the guided tour, and admission to the Museum is free that day.

Photo by John Green - LLBWS.news
Throughout the tour, museum tour guides will share stories about players and artifacts collected throughout the years. Please note, this is a walking tour with extended periods outdoors, so participants should wear appropriate shoes and dress for the weather.

Leading off the tour, participants will have the opportunity to enter one of the dormitories in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove where Little League Baseball® World Series players live during the annual tournament, a part of the complex closed to the public during the rest of the year.

Next, visitors will enter through Little League Volunteer Stadium and Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the same fields used during the Little League Baseball World Series, where they will descend beneath the complex to see batting cages, game operations facilities, and the press conference room, before taking in the view of the field from the dugouts and photography wells.

The group also will see the statue that honors Carl E. Stotz, Little League’s founder, and visit the “Mighty Casey” statue, symbolizing the $2 million endowment fund created in 2005 for the Little League Challenger Division® by The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and 28 current and former Major League Baseball players.

As part of the Open House, visitors also may tour the museum at no charge. In addition to the outside complex tours, staff members will be available inside the museum to answer questions and share information about the artifacts that are on display.

The Open House is a chance for area residents to familiarize themselves with the interactive experiences, films, and artifacts that are included in the Museum, including a recently updated opening film as well as an exciting new Major League Baseball exhibit.

Web Release: https://www.littleleague.org/news/2019-museum-open-house/

About the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store

The World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, located at 525 Montgomery Pike (U.S. Route 15), is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $5, children (ages 5 through 12) are $2, and senior citizens (ages 62 and older) are $3. Children four years and younger are admitted free of charge, as well as any Little Leaguer wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League official shoulder patch. Additional information about the museum, events and its inclement weather schedule can be found at LittleLeagueMuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at 570-326-3607. Follow World of Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum) and Twitter (twitter.com/LLBMuseum). Visitors of Lycoming County are also encouraged to visit the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau website, www.vacationpa.com, or call toll-free, 1-800-358-9900.

About Little League®

Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including public officials, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, and follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).