|In 1925, American Legion Baseball was created as an
outreach project centered on each local American Legion Post. Each
participating Post was to participate in providing a baseball league
for our children and
grandchildren that would stress Physical Fitness, Americanism and
Sportsmanship. [A brief history of Legion Baseball can be found here]
In 1926, when play began, there were few opportunities for organized baseball league play
for teen aged boys. American Legion Baseball
teams gave their players a chance to represent the
local Legion Post and home town. Following that 80+ year tradition, the
Delaware American Legion Baseball Committee organized our
recruiting areas to provide "home town" teams.
Teams are sponsored by posts [or outside groups] in specific
localities. Their recruiting areas take in several public and private
high schools with the lines drawn to attempt to match existing geographic
boundaries, making our teams represent the various towns and cities
that make up the State of Delaware.
Players who choose to attend Delaware's technical, parochial or private
schools play for the team in their neighborhood, an opportunity to play closer to home. They get to play on some of the
state's better college and high school facilities with and against the best
ball players from the entire State of Delaware. Here is a link to a list of selected Delaware Legion alumni.
In addition our teams have players who
played for the top teams in the Delaware High School Baseball State
Championship series. Its not always easy to crack the lineup, but the
quality of the competition makes it worth the effort.
If you're trying to decide to play American Legion Baseball, ask your
high school, or any college coach about how American Legion Baseball
can help you gain experience by playing more innings against
top competition. Three of the present college baseball coaches in Delaware are alumni of Legion Baseball.
Our competition starts June 7th, and continues until
the first week of August. We'd like to see you in an American Legion Baseball Uniform this June and July