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Eastern Little League History

In 1951, Little League® baseball was organized in Lexington, with six teams and 102 players at Woodland Park. The next year, 1952, the league was expanded to three leagues: Northern, Southern, and Eastern. Eastern Little League thus traces its roots to 1952, making it the oldest continuously organized Little League® in Lexington. For many years, Eastern Little League played its games behind Morton and Cassidy Schools. In the 1970s, Eastern moved to its current home at Ecton Park on Turkey Foot Road. In 2005, Eastern was the baseball home of over 300 boys and girls, ages 7 to 12, competing in our Rookie, Minor and Major divisions. In 2006, Eastern added T Ball for children ages 5 and 6.

In just its second year of operation, 1953, Eastern won the Kentucky State Little League® championship, advancing to the South Region championships at Greenville, North Carolina. In more recent years, Eastern All Stars have continued to compete at the highest levels of State Little League® baseball. In 2004, for example, three Eastern teams won all three district tournaments and advanced to their respective state tournaments, with the American 9-10s winning the State Title. In 2006, the 11 year old All Star team was the 11 year old State Runners-Up, and the 11-12 year old All Star team was the District 3 Champs.

While we are proud of the achievements of our all star teams, Eastern Little League is not “all about all star tournaments.” To everyone familiar with Eastern Little League, Eastern combines all the best aspect of youth baseball: a safe, neighborhood park, friendly parents and players, an emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of baseball, teamwork and good sportsmanship, and, yes, some pretty good baseball.

Come join us. You’ll like what you see. Eastern Little League, a league where truly “It’s all about the Kids.”

 

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