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Babe Ruth League History
Highlights in History
Tribute to Ron Tellefsen

HIGHLIGHTS IN BABE RUTH LEAGUE HISTORY

1951
Babe Ruth Baseball was founded in Hamilton Township, a suburb of Trenton, New Jersey, to provide wholesome amateur baseball for 13, 14 and 15-year-old players.

1952
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first World Series for the 13-15 divison in Trenton, New Jersey.

1958
First World Series held outsidethe United States in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

1961
Babe Ruth Baseball institutes the Host Family program at World Series Competition.
The Hostess program was established as part of each World Series.

1966
Babe Ruth Baseball, recognizing the need for an older division, formed the 16-18 divison.

1968
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first World Series for the 16-18 divison in Morristown, New Jersey

1974
Babe Ruth Baseball, in order to provide greater participation for younger players, formed the Babe Ruth Prep League limited to 13-year-old players.

1980
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first World Series for the 13-year-old playes in Jamestown, New York.

1982
Babe Ruth Baseball instituted its Bambino Division for those players ages 4-12.
The National Umpires Association was founded to better serve Babe Ruth leagues nationally.

1984
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first Bambino Division World Series in Shelbyville, Indiana.
Babe Ruth Softball, designed for girls ages 5 through 18, made its debut.

1986
Babe Ruth Baseball World Series Training Center opened in Jamestown, New York.

1987
Rookie League became part of the Bambino Division.

1988
Babe Ruth Baseball began to offer a summer baseball camp.

1989
Carl Yaztrzemski, a Babe Ruth graduate, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame. First Babe Ruth graduate to attain this honor.

1990
Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer, Babe Ruth graduates, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

1991
Rod Carew, a Babe Ruth graduate, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

1994
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first 16-Year-Old World Series in Carmel, Indiana.

1999
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first 14-Year-Old World Series in Clifton Park, New York.
Babe Ruth Softball held its first 12U World Series in Jamestown, New York
Babe Ruth Softball held its first 16U World Series in Dare County, North Carolina.
George Brett and Nolan Ryan, Babe Ruth graduates, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Little Sister program was established as part of each Softball World Series.

2000
Bambino Division for players ages 4-12 renamed Cal Ripken Baseball, a Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.

2001
50th Anniversary of Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series in Vincennes, Indiana.

2002
Babe Ruth teams participate in "T-Ball on the South Lawn" at the White House. President George W. Bush initiated the program and appointed Cal Ripken, Jr. as T-Ball Commissioner.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. bequeathed 28 acre complex by lifetime volunteer, Don Edwards.

2007
Babe Ruth Baseball held its first Cal Ripken 70' World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland
Cal Ripken Jr., a Babe Ruth graduate, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

2009
Jim Rice, a Babe Ruth graduate, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.

2012
Babe Ruth League establishes alumni association.

2013
Babe Ruth League establishes Xtreme Softball program.

2015
Babe Ruth League, Inc. moves into New Headquarters.