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 72st Little League Baseball World Series will be played August 17 - 27, 2017. 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 27, 2017 on ABC beginning at 3PM ET.
Little League World Series 2017 TV scheduleall games ET (Eastern Time)
Thursday - August 17, 2017
1. Latin America vs. Mexico, 1:00 p.m.on ESPN
2. Mid-Atlantic vs. New England, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN
3. Canada vs. Europe-Africa, 5:00 p.m. on ESPN
4. Southwest vs. Great Lakes, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN
Friday - August 18, 2017
5. Japan vs. Australia, 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
6. Northwest vs. West, 4:00 p.m. on ESPN
7. Caribbean vs. Asia-Pacific, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN
8. Midwest vs. Southeast, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN
Saturday - August 19, 2017 - Elimination
9. Loser 1 vs. Loser 3, 1:00 p.m. on ESPN
10. Loser 2 vs. Loser 4, 3:00 p.m. on ABC
11. Loser 5 vs. Loser 7, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN
12. Loser 6 vs. Loser 8, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN
Sunday - August 20, 2017 - Double Elimination
13. Winner 1 vs. Winner 3, 10:00 a.m. on ESPN2
14. Winner 2 vs. Winner 4, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN
15. Winner 5 vs. Winner 7, 1:00 p.m. on ABC
16. Winner 6 vs. Winner 8, 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
August 21, 2017 - Elimination
A. Loser 9 vs. Loser 10, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN
17. Loser 15 vs. Winner 9, 1:00 p.m., on ESPN
18. Loser 16 vs. Winner 10, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN
19. Loser 13 vs. Winner 11, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN2
20. Loser 14 vs. Winner 12, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Tuesday - August 22, 2017 - Elimination
B. Loser 11 vs. Loser 12, 11:00 a.m. on ESPN
21. Winner 17 vs. Winner 19, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN
22. Winner 18 vs. Winner 20, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Wednesday - August 23, 2017 - Double Elimination
23. Winner 13 vs. Winner 15, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN
24. Winner 14 vs. Winner 16, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Thursday - August 24, 2017 - Elimination
25. Winner 21 vs. Loser 23, 3:00 p.m. on ESPN
26. Winner 22 vs. Loser 24, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Saturday - August 26, 2017 - Championships
27. Winner 23 vs. Winner 25 (International Final), 12:30 p.m. on ABC
28. Winner 24 vs. Winner 26 (US Final), 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Sunday - August 27, 2017 - Championships
29. Loser 27 vs. Loser 28, 10:00 a.m. on ESPN
30. Winner 27 vs. Winner 28 (LLBWS Final), 3:00 p.m. on ABC
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.
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.