Virginia Legion Riders

Field Hockey - DFSBaseball is as American as fireworks and cherry pie, and the Legion is a big part of that. American Legion Baseball was started in Millbank, South Dakota in 1925 and today is played by kids between the ages of 13 and 19. As of 2016 there are 3,786 teams playing across the United States and Canada.

Legion Baseball has been turning out notable players and Hall of Fame players dating back to 1962 when Bob Feller entered the hall of fame, and was the first Legion baseball alumni. There has been a total of 79 hall of farmers who played in the Legion leagues and there are still more to come with notable current MLB players like Justin Verlander, Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and others who are also alumni who could grace the halls of Cooperstown someday.

Old BaseballsIn 2011, the Legion World Series found a permanent home after rotating sites year over year. That home is Shelby, North Carolina. Shelby is a town with just over 20,000 people just west of Charlotte in Cleveland County.  The games are played at Keeter Stadium which is located on the campus of Shelby High School. Shelby has successfully turned the World Series into an event, with a parade, and a festival that has drawn over one hundred thousand people five straight years.

The format for determining who gets to play in the world series is a tournament that is made up of eight teams, each representing a region, and then each team is seeded. Following this the highest seeded team then pays the lowest seeded team through the bracket until a winner is declared.

The regions that are used for the tournament are made up as follows;

Region One - Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island
Region Two - Mid Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Region Three - Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia
Region Four - Mid-South: Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas
Region Five - Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Region Six - Central Plains: Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota
Region Seven - Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming
Region Eight - Western: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Hawaii

American Legion Baseball has a long standing tradition, of developing great baseball players across the country, helping kids learn what it means to give back to their communities as well as providing a great baseball product that draws people to the games. This tradition isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either as the number of teams and professionals that come out of the leagues continues to grow. If you haven’t checked out American Legion Baseball yet, there is no time like the present as not only is it great baseball, but it helps support great causes as well.