This year’s Little League (Baseball) World Series Championships will be held from August 20-30, 2015 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In the days prior to the championship, the tournaments have been taking place throughout the United States.

 

There’s really nothing quite like the Little League World Series, so we’re celebrating with some of our favorite posts:

1. There’s the time editor Lawrence Aylward fell for an Internet hoax….almost.

He realized his mistake when the supposed Little League spokesperson said this about advertising: “Unfortunately, with the players’ small bodies, we can’t fit very many corporate logos on their uniforms.”

Photo courtesy of Athletic Field Design.

Photo courtesy of Athletic Field Design.

2. For the groundskeepers involved, the Little League World Series is a marathon event, especially when they’re in the middle of field renovations.

 In 2010, Mike Hebrard prepared a field for the Softball Little League World Series at Alpenrose Dairy in Beaverton, Oregon. In the past, it was played on a grass infield since baseball was also played at the site. That year, the owner wanted a true softball event and asked Hebrard to remove the grass from the infield and prepare the surface for a conventional skin infield. He only had three days after the boys’ baseball tournament was over to prepare for a softball world series.

 

A8287_2_full3. The latest head groundskeeper for Little League International puts a background in golf course management to good use.

 

There are lots of moving parts that come with the job. The property has three practice fields and three public parks that Rob Guthrie works on as well. The facility also holds local Little League games and a six-week baseball camp that leads right up to the beginning of the championship games. He typically manages with just two interns, but during August, a group of up to 40 volunteers shows up to help out.

4.And when it comes to equipment, the field is outfitted at the highest of levels.

When a Little League game is broadcast on national TV, of course the head groundskeeper will be keeping the field in its best possible condition.

 

5. Take an interactive look at the setting of the 2015 Little League (Baseball) World Series

Hover over each icon to learn more about the fields, the groundskeeper and the games.