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Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During these past seven decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun.
From "The Anchorage" -- March 2013
(By the Anchorage Editor George Olsen)
I was pleased as punch, (and a little bit energized), when at the February 2013 meeting District 2 Rep’s Joe Scanlon and Joe Evans, assisted by new Post 35 member, Charlie Triplett, informed us about how Post 35 could get involved in American Legion baseball.
Whether or not the Post should get involved with baseball again was discussed and put to the vote at the 28 February Executive Board meeting and passed. We’re going to sponsor a team! Commander Brunson will have more to say about that at the March Membership Meeting.
American legion Baseball — just how big a deal is it. I didn’t have a clue, so I did a little digging on line to find out and wow, it’s a pretty big deal.
American Legion Baseball is played by boys in all 50 states with more than five thousand teams participating each year. The American Legion Department of South Dakota established the program in 1925 at Milbank, South Dakota.
According to the American Legion, the purpose of American Legion Baseball is to give young men "an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities, and to have fun."; and I guess that works because interestingly, most Major League Baseball players played American Legion Baseball first.
The Legion goes on to say: ”Community service has always been a core value of The American Legion. In 1925 the league was first proposed at an American Legion state convention in Milbank, S.D., when Sioux Falls attorney and Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invited his close friend, Maj. John L. Griffith, to address the convention. Instead of a traditional speech, Griffith, who was also the collegiate commissioner of the Western Conference (now the Big Ten), spoke about the role athletics can play in the development of youth. ‘the American Legion could well consider the advisability of assisting in the training of young Americans through our athletic games," Griffith said. Athletic competition teaches courage and respect for others, fostering their growth into active citizens’, he explained.”
The South Dakota convention agreed and passing a resolution, American Legion baseball was born.
It was tough getting funding at first. The A.L. was almost broke after funding it’s 1927 convention in Paris, so there was no World Series that year. (Maybe the GSA was running the show back then.—ed.) In 1928 however, Major League Baseball offered a donation of $50,000 a year for the World Series. There were a few years during the depression where MLB had to pull that funding , but happily in 1935 MLB donated $20,000 and gradually worked it’s way up to where it stands today at $40,000 a year.
While MLB contributes about 3% of the funding for ALB, I think that the AL has more than returned the favor. Some of the biggest names in baseball come from the Legion program, including Yogi Berra who played for Fred W. Stockholm Post 245 in St. Louis and was once quoted as saying it was the most fun he ever had. The list goes on to include Ted Williams, and Frank Robinson. Current Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira played in the league's 1997 World Series. Babe Ruth was too old to join when Legion Baseball started, but he spent the final years of his life promoting the program as its director of operations. Other players include Ryne Sandberg, Roy Campanella, Dusty Baker, Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones. How about Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller. Dick Cheney and Tom Brokaw both played ALB.
I think that ALB is a big deal and as far as our youths are concerned, it may be Post 35’s biggest deal. — ED.
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Keep the Rules; Keep Faith with my teammates; Keep my temper; Keep myself fit; Keep a Stout heart in defeat; Keep my pride under in victory; Keep a sound soul; A clean mind; And a Healthy body
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