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Delaware American Legion Baseball

In this city on July 17, 1925, by action of the South Dakota Department of The American Legion,
the nationwide organization of Legion Junior Baseball was first proposed as a
program of service to the youth of America. - Legion Baseball Monument, Milbank, South Dakota

July 17, 1925 marks the beginning of the American Legion Baseball Program that continues to play today


A Brief Year by Year History of
Delaware American Legion Baseball

Other Historical Links

This season marks the 90th season of competition in the Delaware American Legion Baseball program.

The tremendous increase in the number of teenagers under age 19 interested in supervised recreation provided by this program is a continuing challenge to American Legionnaires everywhere to improve and expand their efforts. The American Legion, America's largest veteran's organization, sponsors this annual baseball competition.

Nearly one million dollars is spent annually on transportation, meals and lodging for the 1,400 players who compete at the eight Regional and National Championship tournaments.

Tournament game fees and sponsorship by Major League Baseball offset part of this cost. $600,000 in expenses is paid from The American Legion Life Insurance Fund, which underwrites this and other Youth Activities programs of The American Legion.

The Department of Delaware Baseball Committee is interested in filling out some of our history - specifically personalities; player names, and state directors.

Many of our records have been lost over the years and we need to fill in a few blanks.

Email the Department chairman - a
albaseball@delegion.org

Department of Delaware American Legion Baseball Chairmen -

1926-1969
- Unknown
1970-75 - Ray Trabbold (Charles Durney Post 27)
1976-83 - Donald F. Kimsey (Post 18)
1984-89 - Fran Lucia Sr. (Stahl Post 30)
1990-96 - Charles Armbruster (Post 4)
1997-98 - Dick Herrold
1999-2004 - Tim Skirvin (Post 1)
2005 - Bob Stevens (Post 30)
2006-07 - Merrill Yocum (Post 18)
2008-Pres - Roy Lamberton (Post 6)

Delaware American Legion Baseball Scholarship

The American Legion Baseball Scholarship is an annual award by the National American Legion Americanism Commission to a baseball player in each department who demonstrates outstanding leadership, scholarship, character and citizenship, and who has a demonstrated need for funding to continue their education beyond high school. Players are nominated by their respective team managers in June, and the winner is selected by the Department Baseball Committee each July.

2014* - Drake Rivera - Post 10*
2013 - Dante De Ascanis - Post 10
2012* - Matt Armistead - Post 10*
2011- John Donnelly - Post 18

2010 - Heath Johnson - Post 30
2009 - Eric Husni - Post 25
2008 - Timothy Hopkins Post 3
2007 - Corey Phelan Stahl Post 30

*Selected Diamond Sports-American Legion All Academic Team


The Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award:

Was presented to a player that has been in the program for 3 or more years, preferably a graduating senior. It was based on team leadership, reliability, talent, and sportsmanship, essentially the leagues MVP.

It recognized the efforts of Donald F. Kimsey Sr.., long time baseball coach and 7 year chairman of the Delaware American Legion Baseball Committee.

Started in 1988, was discontinued after 1992.*

*The award was revived in 2008 to be awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player of the State Tournament.

Past Winners:
2014 Lonnie Funderbuck - Stahl
2013 Lonnie Funderbuck - Stahl
2012 Brandon Dooley - Stahl Post 30

2011 Zachary Mawson - Post 2
2010 Sam Goines Post 37
2009 Derrick Parker Fox Post 2*
1992 Cliff Braumbaugh - Stahl Post No. 30.
1991 Ryan Victor - Richard C. Dupont Post 18
1990 Brian Wallace - Delaware Post 1
1989 Matthew Brainard - Stahl Post 30
1988 Joseph Schaal - Delaware Post 1



2016 - 91st
The League enters its 91st season with 8 teams.

2015 - 90th
The Department of Delaware Legion Baseball Program enters its 90th Season with 10 Teams playing a 27 game schedule. The team from Delaware Veterans (DelVets Post 1) is playing their 30th Season of American Legion Baseball, one of the longest running sponsorships of a team in the league.

The Recruiting Rules are adjusted to decrease the number of students inside the zones, but will allow the Baseball Chairman to release players from unassigned zones to the closest team.

A 90th Season Pin is designed which will be presented to every player and coach in the league at the State Tournament.

Stahl Post 30 will be hosted and won the State Tournament at Wilson Field.

Final 2015 Standings

(By Total Points)
  1. *Stahl Post 30 (20-4) - 60
  2. *Middletown Post 25 (20-4) - 60
  3. *R.C. Dupont Post 18 (17-7) - 51
  4. *Fox Post 2 (15-6)  - 45
  5. *Post 10 Generals (10-14) - 30
  6. *Delaware Post 1 (9-13) - 27
  7. *Delvets Post 1 (10-12) - (27)*
  8. *Milford Post 3 (3-20) - ***
  9. Durney Post 27 (0-23) - ****

2014 - 89th
Delaware Baseball Committee appoints Richard Cooper as the Sons of the American Legion Rep to the committee. SAL members are very active in the management and coaching of our teams and the committee decided that the SAL needed an official voice on the committee.

Will start the season with 10 teams - and every part of Delaware is in a recruiting zone!

Final Standings:
(By Total Points)
  1. Stahl Post 30 
  2. Middletown Post 25
  3. Fox Post 2 
  4. Delvets Post 1
  5. R.C. Dupont Post 18
  6. Post 10 Generals
  7. Durney Post 27
  8. Post 6 Patriots
  9. Delaware Post 1
  10. Milford Post 3

Stahl Post 30 wins their 30th State Tournament and is eventually knocked out of the tournament by the Brooklawn team that goes on to win the American Legion World Series.

Drake Rivera (Post 10) is the winner of the Delaware Baseball Scholarship, and is selected as the Mid Atlantic Representative on the Diamond Sports All Academic Team.


2013 - 88
Stahl Post 30 wins the Delaware State Title for the 28th time (maybe 29th?)

Entering our 88th Year with 11 teams again playing a 30 game round robin schedule.

American Legion Americanism Committee requires background checks for all Managers and Coaches involved with Legion Baseball Teams.


Final Standings
All reported games

(By Total Points)
  1. Stahl Post 30 (67)
  2. Middletown Post 25 (57)
  3. Delaware Post 1 (51)
  4. R.C. Dupont Post 18 (49)
  5. Post 10 Generals (39)
  6. Fox Post 2 (36)*
  7. Delvets Post 1 (33)
  8. Durney Post 27 (21)*
  9. SW Post 6 Patriots (9)*
  10. Milford Post 3 (0)*
Diamond Sports Scholarship Winner - Dante de Ascanis - Post 10
Kimsey MVP Award - Lonnie Funderburk - Stahl Post 30
Most Valuable Pitcher - Connor Pijuan - DE Post 1
Francis J. Lucia, Jr. Team Sportsmanship - DE Post 1

2012 - 87
Stahl Post 30 has to win 2 on the final day to take the State Tournament from R.C. DuPont Post 18. Stahl loses in the 3rd round of the Mid Atlantic Regional in Pennsylvania.

Post 10's Matt Armistead wins both the Department Scholarship and is one of the Legion's All Stars as the selection from the Mid Atlantic Region.

Delaware American Legion Baseball will enter its 87th year with 11 Teams playing a 30 game round robin schedule. Post 10, Newark, is merged with The Generals. Post 10 and TSW, Inc. share sponsorship of the team, now named the Post 10 Generals. The top 8 teams in points advance to the State Tournament to be hosted by Fox Post 2 at Schutte Park in July.

Milford Post 3 alumnus Nick Grant drafted by the N.Y. Mets.

Brandon Dooley is the 2013 Kimsey Award Winner, Fox Post 2 is awarded the Lucia Award.

Final Standings:

All reported games
(By Total Points)
  1. R.C. Dupont Post 18 (70)
  2. Stahl Post 30 (66)
  3. Delaware Post 1 (63)
  4. Middletown Post 25 (59)
  5. Fox Post 2 (51)
  6. Post 10 Generals (45)
  7. Durney Post 27 (43)
  8. Milford Post 3 (33)
  9. Delvets Post 1 (30)
  10. SW Post 6 Patriots (21)
  11. SE Post 28 Warriors (x)

2011 - 86
Middletown Post 25 Firehawks wins the 2011 Delaware State American Legion Baseball Championship
Donald Kimsey Tournament MVP - Zachary Mawson, Fox Post 2
Pitcher of the Tournament - Pat Peterson, Middletown Post 25
Fox Post 2 for winning the Francis Lucia Sportsmanship Award
John Donnelly of R.C. DuPont Post 18 for winning the Baseball Scholarship

The Baseball Committee renames the State Tournament Sportsmanship Award, the Francis J. Lucia, Jr. Team Sportsmanship Award to recognize one team in the state tournament that best exemplifies the American Legion Baseball Code of Sportsmanship. Fox Post 2 wins the award.

TSW, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to youth baseball steps in to sponsor the former VFW team based at Christiana High School.

Final Division Standings:
North
Central
South
Durney Post 27 (7-5) [21]+
R.C. Dupont Post 18 (7-5) [21]
Delvets (6-6)  [18]
Delaware Post 1 (4-8)  [12]

Stahl Post 30 (9-2) [27]+
Middletown Post 25 (7-3-1) [22]
The Generals (2-5-1) [7]
Post 10 Newark (0-8)
Fox Post 2 (11-0) [33]
Spooner Post 17 (8-3) [24]
SE Post 28 Warriors (3-8) [9]
Milford Post 3 (3-8) [9]
SW Post 6 Patriots (3-9) [9]

2010 - 85
2010 was the 85th year of Delaware American Legion Baseball.

American Legion Baseball enters the electronic age as the National Office rolls out electronic registration for teams. The new system includes player certification and insurance application.

Newark Post 10 and Stahl Post 30 revive the Fourth of July Tournament.

Spooner Post 17 sponsors a new team centered around the Cape Henlopen High School. Players will come from the north-east corner of Sussex County.

Merrill Yocum steps down from the committee. Dennis Cini (Delaware Post 1) appointed to the Committee. Former Stahl Post 30 manager Marvin Dooley returns to the league helping to manage VFW 3420.

New Department leadership appoints 9 new members to the baseball committee to represent each of the Posts with teams in the league, duplicating the regular manager's meeting organization.

Past Baseball Chairman Francis J. Lucia, passes away at age 82. He was the chairman of the baseball program in Delaware 1984-1989.

Heath Johnson  OF of Stahl Post 30 selected as the 2010 American Legion Baseball Scholarship Winner.

J. Allison O'Daniel Post 10
comes from the depths of the seedings to win the 2010 State Tournament, beating Stahl Post 30, 16-5 in 7 innings to take the title. They advance into the quarterfinal round of the regional tournament.

Other Tournament Awards:
The Don Kimsey Award (Tourney MVP) Sam Goines - Durney Post 27
The Most Valuable Pitcher Award  Derrick Marshalsea - Post 10 Newark
The Delaware American Legion Sportsmanship Award Ryan Haas - Post 25 Middletown

Final Divisional Standings:
North
Central
South
Durney Post 27 (7-5) [24]+
Delaware Post 1 (7-5)  [18]
R.C. Dupont Post 18 (5-7) [15]
Delvets (5-7) [15]

Stahl Post 30 (9-3) - [27]+
Middletown Post 25 (6-4) [18]
VFW Post 3420 (5-5) - [15]
Post 10 Newark (2-10) [6]
Fox Post 2 (10-0) [27]+
SE Post 28 Warriors (5-7) [15]
SW Post 6 Patriots (5-5) [15]
Spooner Post 17 (5-7) [15]
Milford Post 3 (3-9) [9]

2009 - 84
The only two Independent teams in the league pick up sponsorship from local American Legion Posts. The Lt. J. Allison O'Daniel Post 10 renews their sponsorship of 2008 State champ Newark, and the Oak Grove Thunder revives an historic team name by securing the sponsorship from Durney Post 27. Team count remains at 12. Both teams have added their post numbers to their official name.

Opening night and the July 4th Picnic games of Stahl Post 30 are webcast using Youcastr.com. Games are a trial for the webcasting of the complete State Tournament from Wilson Field in July. 13 games of the 2009 State Tournament are webcast by Delmarva Sports Webcasting and Youcastr.com.

Stahl Post 30 wins their 25th State Tournament as the visitors on their home (Wilson) field in a game postponed from Sunday Afternoon. They beat Fox Post 2,  4-3 in 9 innings. Stahl goes on to lose in the 3rd round of the Mid Atlantic Regional tournament.
Stahl's Dan Geyeski named Best Pitcher - 2-0 in the tournament, 2.22 ERA 22 K's He Pitched a 6 hitter with 9 Strikeouts in the final, earlier in the week pitched a 1 hitter with 13 strikeouts to beat Post 25 Middletown.

Fox Post 2's Derrick Parker wins Donald Kimsey Award as top tournament position player. Had a .484 batting average with 4 doubles. Scored 9 runs - drove in 9 more. 100% fielding including 2 outfield assists in the tournament.

Eric Husni of Post 25 wins the Delaware American Legion Scholarship.

Committtee member and long time umpire Bobby Stevens calls the final game of the state tournament to complete 55 Years of umpiring baseball.

Final Divisional Standings:
(Division win/loss, league win/loss.
Teams are sorted by Division win/loss. A link to the overall point standings is below)
North
Central
South
+R.C. Dupont Post 18  (7-5)
Delaware Post 1 (6-6)
Delvets (6-6)
Durney Post 27 (5-7)
+Middletown Post 25  (9-3)
Post 10 Newark  (8-4)
Stahl Post 30  (6-6)
VFW Post 3420  (1-11)
+Fox Post 2 (9-3)
Post 28 Warriors  (7-4)
Post 6 Patriots (3-7)
Milford Post 3  (2-7)
[Schedule & Results] [Game Scores by Team]

2008 - 83
The American Legion Baseball program continues its steady growth in 18 of the past 20 years. While the overall number of participants in youth baseball in other nationally sponsored programs has declined in the past 20 years, the American Legion has seen the number of players increase from 66,000 to over 100,000. 181 new teams were formed in 2007.

There are more registered teams, and more registered players in Legion Baseball today than anytime in the past 60 years.

Delaware American Legion Baseball expands to 12 teams with the addition of Post 25, Middletown, and VFW Post 3420, Christiana. For the first time, the league will play 28 games in 3 four team divisions.

Delaware American Legion Baseball Final 2008 Team Standings
(Division win/loss, league win/loss.
Teams are sorted by Division win/loss. A link to the overall point standings is below)
North: Central: South:
Delvets (9-3, 18-8)
Delaware Post 1 (7-5, 19-9)
R.C. Dupont Post 18 (7-5, 15-13)
Elsmere/Oak Grove (1-11, 5-23)
Stahl Post 30 (8-4, 20-8)
Newark (7-5, 17-9)
Middletown Post 25 (7-5, 11-17)
VFW Post 3420 (2-10, 4-18)
Fox Post 2 (10-1-1, 21-6-1)
Post 6 Patriots (7-5, 12-16)
Post 28 Warriors (5-7, 13-14)
Milford Post 3 (1-10-1, 5-20-1)
[Schedule & Results] [Game Scores by Team]

The Newark, DE wins the Delaware State Championship beating Post 28, 9-7 then Delvets 9-4 in games held at Wesley College in Dover. Newark goes on to lose a 4+ hour game against the Host team in the Mid Atlantic Tournament, then are eliminated the next day in a rain shortened contest.

 
Roy S. Lamberton (Post 6) named Delaware American Legion Baseball Chairman by Department Commander Lyman Brenner. - Delaware American Legion Baseball enters the digital age when they start a website to provide game information and standings to the general public as part of the Delaware American Legion web site.

Post 1 schedules a Sunday game with the Delvets at Frawley Stadium. The game is played with an all veteran umpire crew including past Legion Baseball Chairman Bobby Stevens and AH1 Matt Witkowski - US Navy). Delvets won 5-3.

Timothy Hopkins of Post 3 is selected as the 2008 Delaware American Legion Baseball Scholarship winner. Hopkins is from Felton, and played HS ball at Lake Forest High School. He was a captain of both his High School and American Legion team.

The Baseball Committee votes to rename the State Tournament Most Valuable Player - The Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Trophy - an award given to the MVP of the State Tournament each year. A traveling plaque will be displayed at the winner's home post following his selection.

2007 - 82
Stahl Post 30 Catcher Corey Phelan awarded the American Legion Baseball Scholarship.

Post 8 Georgetown withdraws from the league.

Stahl Post 30 wins the title - tournament played at Wesley College's Reed Field and Delaware State University's Soldier Field.
2006 - 81
Merrill Yocum named Delaware American Legion Baseball Chairman

Stahl Post 30 wins the state championship in a series played at Schutte Park in Dover. Stahl beats Georgetown Post 8 6-2 as Rob Bryson shuts down Post 8 for 5 Innings. Tyler Townsend takes the loss in the title game, but wins the tournament MVP.
2005 - 80

American Legion Baseball marks 80 years of play in Delaware

Former R.C. Dupont Post 18 Legion Baseball Player, and Marine Veteran Bobby Stevens (Post 18) named Delaware American Legion Baseball Chairman for 2005.

Post 6 Patriots wins 2nd State Championship in the tournament played at Schutte Park in Dover. Games are played in 100+ degree heat. Games are shortened to 7 innings for player safety.


2004 - 79
Delaware State Championship held at the new Sports at the Beach complex in Georgetown. Central Delaware, an outside sponsored team coached by Jack Greene, wins the title after several days of rain delays. It is only the second time an "outside" team has won the Delaware Legion title. The Central Delaware team hit 4 Doubles and 3 Home Runs in a 15-3 win over Fox Post 2.

Post 8 Georgetown joins the league.
2003 - 78

ECI (Electronic Communications Inc.) established a scholarship for deserving players. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to members of the ECI All Academic Team. Nine players from across the USA will be selected by a special committee for their academic achievement on the field.

Fox Post 2 wins the State championship.
2002 - 77
Nearly $9 million was raised by local Legion Posts to sponsor nearly 5,000 registered American Legion Baseball teams and other athletic teams in their communities. The history of American Legion Baseball has proven that America's youth receive on the baseball diamond a thorough understanding of the true value of sportsmanship, leadership and individual character building.

Fox Post 2
wins first of 2 consecutive tournament
2001 - 76

The Delaware American Legion Baseball tournament is played downstate at Seaford High School. Post 6, Sussex West Patriots win their first state championship in 100+ degree heat. The tournament is the first to be totally scored on a computer.


2000 - 75
Post 1 takes the State Title.
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1999 - 74
Tim Skirvin (Post 1) becomes baseball chairman.

Nanticoke Post 6 and Post 28 sponsor teams, returning American Legion Baseball to Sussex County. Post 6's team is called Sussex West Patriots, Post 28's is Sussex East Warriors.

DE Post 1 clubs 52 home runs paced by Nate Husser's 17 round trippers. Post 1 gets to the finals with Stahl by hitting a walk off home run at Wilson field in the championship series.

Stahl Post 30 comes back in the 2nd game to win the Title - Marvin Dooley wins his 3rd straight State Title..
1998 - 73

The American Legion established a nationwide scholarship for deserving players. Annually a $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Senior Legion players, selected by their respective Department (State) Baseball Committee. A total of $51,000 is awarded to 51 players from 50 states and Puerto Rico based upon character, leadership, scholarship and financial need.

Delaware American Legion Baseball expands back into Sussex County with the addition of teams from Post 6 – The Sussex West Patriots, and Post 28, The Sussex East Warriors.

Stahl Post 30 is in the middle of a 3 year hold on the state title.


1997 - 72
Dick Herrold becomes State Baseball Chairman.
Stahl Post 30 begins a 3 year hold on the Delaware State title under the management of Marvin Dooley.
1996 - 71
R.C. DuPont Post 28 team managed by Steve Tiller (former R.C. DuPont player who played College baseball for Towson University and Wilmington College) Takes the State Title. Prominent player on that team was Steve Hershman of Wilmington College.
1995 - 70
Delaware American Legion Baseball celebrates 70th year

Stahl Post 30 wins State Title.

1994 - 69
Delaware withdraws its State Champion, only the third time the Department does not crown a champion in the league’s history.
1993 - 68
Post 1 wins a second straight title

1992 - 67
Post 1 returns to the winner's circle.
Cliff Braumbaugh of Stahl Post 30 wins the Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award
1991 - 66
State title is won by an team not sponsored by a Delaware Legion Post
Ryan Victor of Richard C. Dupont Post 18 wins the Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award
1990 - 65
Post 1 Wilmington wins another title.
Brian Wallace of Delaware Post 1 wins the Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award

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1989 - 64
Chuck Armbruster (Post 18) becomes Chairman of Delaware American Legion Baseball

Matthew Brainard
of Stahl Post 30 wins the Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award
Stahl Post 30 wins another State Title.

1988 - 63
Stahl Post 30 takes the title back with a team that featured Donald "Tripp" Keister, now Head Baseball coach at Wesley College.

The Donald F. Kimsey Memorial Award, recognizing the Delaware American Legion Baseball Player of the Year, is instituted. Joseph Schaal of Delaware Post 1 is the first winner.

1987 - 62
Post 1 returns to the Winner's circle

1986 - 61
R.C. Dupont Post 18 takes a back to back State Championship.

1985 - 60
60th year of Legion Baseball in Delaware.

 R.C. Dupont Post 18 wins their 2nd State Championship with a team managed by Don Kimsey and prominent players Chris (Twins) and Jeff  (Indians) Forgione.
1984 - 59
Fran Lucia Sr. (Stahl Post 30) becomes Chairman of Delaware American Legion Baseball.

Stahl Post 30
wins State Championship.

1983 - 58

The Quaker Oats Company, makers of Gatorade, in 1986, presented The American Legion with $10,000.00 in scholarship moneys. Since then, 171 American Legion Players have been awarded the Gatorade Regional Player of the Year award and have been award over $180,000 in scholarship funds, from the Legion and The Quaker Oats Company.

Stahl Post 30 Wins another State Title.


1982 - 57

In 1982, the National Americanism Commission adopts the eight-site, eight team, double elimination tournament format. Sixty-four of the best teams in the country begin National competition at the Regional.

R.C. Dupont Post 18 wins the Delaware State title with a team managed by Charlie McHugh and featured prominent players Chip McHugh (Detroit Tigers), Jeff Bonsall (Pittsburgh Pirates), Billy Phillips (L.A. Dodgers), Mike Land (Chicago Cubs), Robby Limmina (former Mt. Pleasant Manger and Widner College player), and Howard Zebley (former Columbia University standout).


1981 - 56
Stahl Post 30 wins another title.

1980 - 55
Stahl Post 30 starts out the 80's with another championship.

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1979 - 54
Stahl Post 30 wins 4th in a row. Pat Ramone Coached - Team went to Reading, PA  for the Mid Atantic Tournament and lost in 3 games
R.C. DuPont team was managed by Glenn Streevey and featured pitcher John Kurtz.
1978 - 53
Stahl Post 30 Wins it again.- second for John Bednash.

1977 - 52
Donald F. Kimsey (R.C. DuPont Post 18) becomes Chairman of Delaware American Legion Baseball. He is assisted by present committee member Stan Bradley.

Stahl Post 30 wins State Championship. John Bednash was the coach
1976 - 51
The Bicentennial tournament has Stahl Post 30 crowned as State Champion. They go on to win their third Regional Title in 10 years. Stahl drops the first two games of the World Series in the World Series held in Manchester, New Hampshire.

1975 - 50
Delaware American Legion Baseball's 50th year.

Charles E. Durney Post 27
takes their 2nd State Championship.

1974 - 49
Stahl Post 30 wins 3rd in a row.

1973 - 48
Stahl Post 30 wins the Championship. Delaware fields 7 American Legion Baseball teams.

1972 - 47
Stahl Post 30 returns as State Champ for the first of 3 years.

1971 - 46
A Babe Ruth League team representing the Fraternal Order of Eagles #74 enters the League. They would eventually become the Hall-Burke VFW team in 1981.

Post 31 Wilmington wins its only State Championship. Post 31 is no longer in existance.

1970 - 45

The seventies saw three more national awards established by the National Americanism Commission. The Dr. Irvin L. (Click) Cowger RBI award, Rawlings Big Stick Award, and the Bob Feller pitching awards were established based on players' statistics in Regional and World Series Tournaments.

Ray Trabbold (Charles Durney Post) becomes Delaware American Legion Baseball Chairman.

Stahl Post 30 wins both the State and their 2nd Region 2 title but lose the first two games and exit the World Series on day 2.

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1969 - 44
Stahl Post 30 returns as champion.

1968 - 43
First State Post 29 wins their only State Championship to date.

1967 - 42
Stahl Post 30 wins 2nd consecutive Delaware title, and advances to the World Series by winning their first Section 2 tournament. The make it to the Semi Finals where they are defeated by the eventual winner of the World Series - Tuscaloosa, 3-1 in 12 innings.

1966 - 41
Stahl Post 30 wins the State Championship beginning a third decade as a major power in Delaware Legion Baseball – they go on to win 7 titles in the 70’s, and 6 in the 80’s.
1965 - 40
Year #40 for Delaware American Legion Baseball.

Fox Post 2 comes back for their 3rd championship in 4 years.

1964 - 39
R. C. Dupont Post 18 wins the title with a team managed by Marty Hindsley (Carl Lichenstein) that featured prominent players Ken Szotkiewicz (Detroit Tigers)and Tom Silicato (Philadelphia Phillies).

1963 - 38
Fox Post 2 Repeats as Delaware Champion

1962 - 37
Fox Post 2 Wins their first State championship.

1961 - 36
Laurence Roberts Post 21 wins their 5th Delaware State title for the first time.

1960 - 35

The sixties saw the program grow stronger under the leadership of George W. Rulon, Program Coordinator for American Legion Baseball, who held that post from 1961 until 1987. Upon his retirement, The American Legion Player of the Year Award was renamed the George W. Rulon Player of the Year in honor of the late Program Coordinator.

Laurence Roberts Post 21 wins State Championship #4


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1959 - 34
Laurence Roberts Post 21 wins State Title #3.
1958 - 33
Wilmington wins State Title.
1957 - 32
Wilmington wins State Title.
1956 - 31
Wilmington wins State Title.
1955 - 30
Delaware American Legion Baseball celebrates year #30.

Wilmington wins State Title.
1954 - 29
Wilmington wins State Title.
1953 - 28
Laurence Roberts Post 21 (Listed as Post 29) wins State Title.
1952 - 27
Laurence Roberts Post 21 (Listed as Post 29) wins first State Title.

1951 - 26
Post 1 wins the Delaware State Title.

1950 - 25

The first year any player ever won the Hillerich and Bradsby Batting Championship trophy two consecutive years. J. W. Porter, Oakland catcher, accomplished this with a .55l average in l949 and a .488 average in l950.

R.C. DuPont Post 18 wins their first state title with a team managed by Horace Dyer. Prominent players were Delaware's "senior" Umpire Bobby Stevens and Nick Bucci.


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1949 - 24

In 1949, the selection of an American Legion Player of the Year was originated. This was arranged through the cooperation of Mr. Robert Quinn, Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Charles E. Durney Post 27 in Wilmington wins second Delaware State Baseball Title and plays Baltimore in the first round of the regionals for the 2nd year. [Wilmington Morning Star 8-14-49 - Thanks Darrell Stephens]


1948 - 23
Charles E. Durney Post 27 takes the first state title in their first year in the league. Coached by Dr. J.N. Winner, assisted by Manager Dan Fucelli, repeats their success with Delaware Post the previous 2 years.[Wilmington Post 8/48 - Thanks Darrell Stephens]

1947 - 22
R.C. Dupont Post 18 enters the league.

Delaware Post takes title for 2nd year in a row under the guidance of Dr. J.N. Winner.

1946 - 21
The post-war years saw the continued growth of the program and the nation's realization of the importance of this type of activity for boys of all age groups.

Delaware Post takes the title with Dr. J.N. Winner as coach.

1945 - 20
Delaware celebrates 20 years of American Legion Baseball.

Newark wins the State Title again.

1944 - 19
American Legion Baseball is back with Newark Post 10 winning the title.
1943- 18
No State Champion is crowned as World War II began in December 1942.

1942 - 17
Newark wins Delaware Title again.

1941 - 16
Newark Post 10 Wins the State Tournament back.

1940 - 15
Nineteen-forty (and 194l) marked the years that American Legion Baseball became an established national institution for American youth. During the war years, the program was restricted but continued its service to our nation's youngsters.

Milford Post 3 wins its first State Championship and the first title won by a team "South of the Canal"

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1939- 14
Newark wins the Delaware title for the 3rd consecutive time.
1938 - 13

In 1938, the finals were broadcast to more than 3,000 radio stations, bringing the series to every section of the country. Major League umpires were used for the first time that year.

Newark is the Delaware Champ.
1937- 12
Newark begins a 3 year run as State Champions.
1936 - 11
Wilmington wins again - their 4th State Title in 10 years.
1935 - 10
Delaware American Legion Baseball celebrates its 10th year.

Newark wins again.

1934 - 9
Newark takes back the title.

1933 - 8
Stahl Post 30 wins 3rd State Title.

1932 - 7
Stahl Post 30 wins 2nd consecutive title

1931 - 6
New Castle [Post 4] Blue Caps begin a 3 year run as Delaware Champ with their first State Championship. They beat the Wilmington Tonies in a 3 game series to take the title.
[Wilmington Morning Star -Thanks to Darrell Stephens]

1930 - 5
Newark wins their first State Title
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1929 - 4

During the 1929 season, every state entered teams into competition. The National Broadcasting Company originated its nationwide broadcast of the finals. Nineteen thirty-one marked the first appearance in championship play of a player who was later to become a big-league great. Kirby Higbe hurled a complete game for Columbia, South Carolina, and lost the final game in the 14th inning, 1-0. Ten years later, he was the National League's top pitcher.

Wilmington wins its 3rd Delaware Championship
1928 - 3

Mr. Dan Sowers, the Director of the National Americanism Commission, appeared before the Executive Council of Baseball in Chicago, which agreed to underwrite the national program up to $50,000. With the exception of two years, the Major Leagues have continually supported American Legion Baseball. They continue to make a significant financial contribution each year.

Wilmington wins their 2nd State Championship.


1927 - 2

National competition was prevented because of insufficient funds due to the national convention being held in Paris; however, state competition was reported as strong.

No Delaware Champion was crowned.

1926 - 1

American Legion Baseball became a National program by convention action in 1925, and the first National Tournament was held in 1926. Only 16 states (including Delaware) were represented in this first year of national operation.

Wilmington [Post 1 ?] is listed as the first Delaware State Champion
1925
In this city on July 17, 1925, by action of the South Dakota Department of The American Legion, the nationwide organization of Legion Junior Baseball was first proposed as a program of service to the youth of America.

Those words are inscribed on a marble monument in the community of Milbank, South Dakota, as a reminder of the beginning of this fine Americanism program. A portion of that inscription can explain the program’s years of existence best: "A program of service to the youth of America." Since it's beginning, over one million young men have played Legion Baseball.
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Anyone with corrections or additions to this narrative is invited to send them to the
Delaware State American Legion Baseball Chairman: albaseball@delegion.org

Compiled from the National American Legion Baseball Brief History of Legion Baseball, and The Official Listing of Department Champions
plus information provided by various Delaware American Legion Managers, including
Don Kimsey (Post 18).

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