The American Legion is committed to America's youth, which is why we have sponsored American Legion Baseball since 1925. The goals of American Legion Baseball are the development of team discipline, individual character and leadership development qualities in young people.
American Legion Baseball is the oldest and largest, nationwide, baseball program in America. American Legion Baseball became a National program in 1925. Over eight million teenagers have played American Legion Baseball since its inception. The first National Championship tournament was held in 1926. In 1999, 5,192 teams registered for National tournament play.
Nearly 95,000 players, ages 15 to 18, participated in 1999. Since1985, over 1,500 new teams have registered to play American Legion Baseball. American Legion Posts also supports and sponsors some 2,500 younger-age teams who are registered with Little League, Babe Ruth, Pony, Dixie, etc.
On an average, 65 percent of Major League Baseball players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers. Nearly 75 percent of all college players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers.
Since 1926, Major League Baseball has honored The American Legion World Series Champions at the Major League World Series. The Commissioner's Office annually presents a plaque to The American Legion champions on the field at The Major League World Series. The 1999 National Championship team, from New Brighton, MN attended two games in Atlanta and was presented the Commissioner's Award by Lenny Coleman, President of the National League and Gene Budig, President of the American League.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum honors the American Legion Player of the Year with a plaque at the annual induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.
Post 74 sponsors a team in American Legion Baseball which plays home games at Albemarle High School. Post 74 was the 2013, 2014 and 2015 State Legion Baseball Champions! Come on out and enjoy the Great American Pastime with us next year.