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The Omnibus Publishes Baseball Book as Little League Celebrates 75th Anniversary(August 21, 2013)
Williamsport, PA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
The annual Little League Baseball® World Series is under way and while the world watches the games with appreciation, few realize they are watching history in the making.
This year, Little League Baseball® observes its jubilee anniversary and celebrates spectacularly. ESPN analysts Nomar Garciaparra and Orel Hershiser return to announce the games, Joe Torre receives the LLB Graduate of the Year award, and former teammates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and best-selling author Harlan Coben are enshrined in Little League Hall of Excellence. Christie and Coben played for Livingston American Little League in the mid-1970s, and Christies father, Bill, coached the team.
This year also marks the introduction of Australia as a member of the Little League family, and the European entry, Czech Republic, makes its first-time appearance with a girl on the team. Eliska Stejskalova is the 16th female to play in the Little League Baseball® World Series.
Another historic moment occurred when, on his 86th pitch, in the seventh inning, the West's Grant Holman (Chula Vista, Calif.) completed a no-hitter. Since the organization implemented the pitch count rules in 2007, no pitcher has thrown an extra-inning no-hitter in the World Series.
The story of Little League Baseball® is filled with noteworthy visitors, interesting facts and fantastical moments, and is retold in "Play Ball," the best-selling history of Little League and the World Series, which has been updated as an eBook through 2013 series. New content includes a new chapter on author John Grisham's movie, "Mickey," the Danny Almonte scandal, Tee Ball on the South Lawn, pitch counts and arm injuries, child protection policies, ESPN and the new $4 million World of Little League Museum.
About 'Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball®'
"Play Ball!" is the remarkable story of Little League Baseball®, from the first diamond in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the playing fields of the world.
On any given spring evening, 360,000 children around the world can be found on the dusty mounds and grassy fields of a Little League field. With more than four million people playing or volunteering in Little League games every year, Little League is the institutional rite of passage into the quintessential American pastime.
"Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball®" charts Little League's history from the earliest days and shows how, in many respects, its history parallels America's history: isolation in the beginning; rapid expansion; a civil war of sorts, followed by reconstruction; struggles over civil rights and gender equity; and foreign entanglements. A microcosm of American society, Little League reflects, and is affected by, cultural, political and historical trends.
Today, Little League is played on 12,000 fields in every U.S. state and in 103 other countries on six continents. Little League also sanctions play in softball, Tee Ball, and baseball for disabled children-called the Challenger Division. The Little League Baseball® World Series, played annually in Williamsport, is watched by crowds of 40,000 each year in person, and by more than ten million on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
The authors were given full access to the Little League Baseball® archives and have created a comprehensive history. In addition to a foreword by Dave Barry, Play Ball! contains appendixes including winners of all Little League Baseball® and Softball World Series, a year-by-year history of Little League, countries in Little League, and lists of some of the famous people who played the game as children, including Kevin Costner, Mark McGwire, and George W. Bush.
"Play Ball!" will interest parents, former players and coaches, fans of Little League Baseball®, general baseball enthusiasts, and anyone who has ever picked up a ball and bat.
About the Authors
Lance Van Auken oversees the day-to-day operations of the Little League Baseball® museum, World of Little League, a 22,000-square foot newly renovated facility dedicated to preserving the history of the world's largest organized youth sports program, and to providing a key educational asset to the children and families of Central Pennsylvania and visitors from around the world. Prior to joining Little League Baseball®, Lance was a professional sports reporter.
Robin Van Auken is a writer, college instructor and historical archaeologist. She has authored and co-authored nearly a dozen books of local and regional history, including "Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball®" with her husband, Lance Van Auken.
Praise for 'Play Ball
"'Play Ball!' is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball®. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it's a wonderful reminder of what might have been."
~ John Grisham, bestselling author
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/PlayBall/LittleLeague/prweb11039133.htm.