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Wednesday, May 26
LEGION FAQ's & HISTORY

STOUGHTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL FAQ’s

 

1.    When does theseason begin and end?

a.       The season beginsin early June after High School season & the regular season ends aroundJuly 9, 2010.

 

2.    What is thedifference between Legion & Sr. Babe Ruth Baseball?

a.        American Legion consists of players 19 & under, while Sr. Babe Ruth is 18 & under, however...AmericanLegion is the premier baseball league at the local town level, in the U.S. (AAU is regional, not town level)  American Legion has been the pinnacle of baseball at the town/local level, for over 80 years and was fully endorsed, ironically, by Babe Ruth, himself, as the proving ground for America's young adult baseball talent at the High School age levels.   The predominant  hierarchy across the U.S., including in Massachusetts, is for Legion teams to select the top-tiered players, after tryouts, prior to other town teams, such as Babe Ruth, Pony or Colt League teams, selecting teams from the remaining player pool.  This ensures that players play & compete at the proper level, commesurate with their abilities and that of their opponents...a level that challenges not only their baseball skills, but their leadership and life skills. 

It’s one of my visions to help instill this concept in Stoughton baseball to help make our athletes into better prepared and better skilled players, in order to help Stoughton teams to be morecompetitive across the board, but most importantly, at the High School level!

 

3.    What are thetryout details?

a.       Legion tryoutswill be posted in the Penny Saver & in the Stoughton Journal in April &are usually held in early May. There are 2-4 dates and players are urged tomake 50%, though making at least 1 is the mandate.

 

4.    How many playersdo you carry?

a.       It varies fromyear to year, but I plan to carry 14 steady players and may carry an additional2-4 players as pitchers and/or part-time players, based on circumstances.

 

5.    How much does itcost to play?

a.       It varies, depending onthe fundraising efforts of the team and the Legion itself, but the average has been $175/player plus a $100 uniform fee that is returned upon the acceptablereturn of clean uniform.

 

6.    Can I play inother Leagues?

a.       Legion does allow fordual participation & my personal policy is to openly communicate conflictsup front/proactively so that the staff and team can prepare accordingly.

 


 

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL HISTORY

Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored anationwide youth baseball program. During these past eight decades, millions of young players have enjoyedplaying baseball.  The AmericanLegion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each yearfor players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership andgood sportsmanship.  The AmericanLegion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to developtheir skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun!

 

 


Wednesday, May 26
AMERICAN LEGION'S PRESTIGIOUS PEDIGREE

A PRESTIGIOUS PEDIGREE

Major League Baseball has sponsored Legion Baseball almostsince its inception in 1925, and Legion Baseball has returned the favor,churning out major-league prospects since the alumni base has been old enoughto be scouted. Currently, more than half of current major-leaguers were scouted while playingLegion Baseball!  Almost every working MLB manager also played Legion, along withseveral former commissioners. In all, more than 50 American Legion Baseballprogram graduates are in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Naturally, Legion Baseball's alumni base includes some ofthe sport's most recognizable names. Yogi Berra played for Fred W. StockholmPost 245 in St. Louis and was once quoted as saying it was themost fun he ever had. Ted Williams suited up for a post in San Diego. FrankRobinson led his Oakland, Calif., team to the only back-to-back nationalchampionships in program history. Current Yankees slugger Mark Texeira playedin the league's 1997 World Series. Babe Ruth was too old to join when LegionBaseball started, but he spent the final years of his life promoting theprogram as its director of operations. Other prominent players include RyneSandberg, Roy Campanella, Dusty Baker, Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux and ChipperJones, to name a few.

Yet baseball isn't the only area where former players haveexcelled. Legion Baseball graduates have gone on to prominence in other careerfields. Former vice president Dick Cheney played for Post 2 in Casper, Wyo.Famed journalist and author Tom Brokaw played Legion ball in South Dakota, andSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was on a team in Pennsylvania.

In short, Legion Baseball graduates are proud contributorsthroughout our society and often are the most successful people in theirrespective career fields.