In some ways even more hotly contested than the Major League World Series for which it is named, the Little League World Series of baseball was first played in 1947 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and has been held at the same location in August ever since.
With 11-12 year-olds taking the field, national pride is on the line as 8 U.S. and 8 international teams vie for the title of Little League champion. The final game, by tradition, is always slated on the weekend just before Labor Day in the USA.
This year, the 73rd Little League Baseball World Series will be played August 16 - 26, 2018. All games will be televised in the US in a broadcast partnership among ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ABC Sports. Watch for the final game to determine this year's champions on Sunday, August 26, 2018 on ABC beginning at 3PM ET.
Little League World Series 2018 TV scheduleall games ET (Eastern Time)
Little League Baseball History & Controversies
Beginning as a competition between American teams in 1947, the Little League World Series has since lived up to its name by becoming a truly international tournament among the best little league baseball teams from around the world.
Today, the Little League Series is one of eight tournaments sponsored by Little League International, including several softball competitions for girls in various age divisions.
Controversies surrounding the Little League World Series usually center on players' ages, with the most famous case occurring in 2001, when star pitcher Danny Almonte was disqualified from play when he was found to be
two years older than he claimed, touching off a national media frenzy.
Other related scandals also reflect the heated competition of little league baseball, as power players are sometimes brought in from hundreds of miles away to play for the "home" team.
• Although coverage only included the championship game, the first televised Little League World Series aired on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in 1963.
• The LLWS final has been played only once without a U.S. team. The year was 1985 when Mexicali, Mexico advanced all the way to the championship, ultimately losing to Seoul, South Korea.
• The LLWS is truly a "world" series. Teams from six different continents compete, although no team from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East has ever made it to the final.
• Little League is where the first batting helmet with ear coverings was implemented, along with aluminum bat, and the remote-controlled scoreboard. All three innovations were eventually adopted by Major League Baseball.
More about the Little League World Series around the Web:
On the Web, check more information on the annual tournament along with player profiles & pictures, facts & information on Little League history and the latest news headlines on this year's Little League World Series ....
League Online - The official site of Little League International, with news & features on current & upcoming events, Little League World Series players & coaches, league information, history, free newsletter, online shop.
Little League World Series - Encyclopedic facts & information from Wikipedia with historical details, famous controversies, noted participants, and a complete roster of winners, runners-up, and scores dating back to the first Little League World Series game in 1947.
Small Ball - A Little League Story - Archived PBS television special chronicling the story of American little leaguers, their coaches & parents, with a World Series timeline, photos, interactive games.