COVID-19 can chart another victim to its ongoing list of morale killers. This time, the Little League World Series, which has been canceled for the first time since its founding in 1947.
The 2020 event would have been its 75th Anniversary.
“This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO.
“After exhausting all possible options, we came to the conclusion that because of the significant public health uncertainty that will still exist several months from now,” said Keener. “It will not be possible to proceed with our tournaments as we’ve hosted them for nearly 75 years.”
Last Summer, the Bradley Bourbonnais 8-10-year-old All-Star team won the state Little League baseball tournament with a 9-4 victory over the Jackie Robinson West little league All-Stars of Chicago. The team was later honored by the Chicago White Sox.