Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today welcomed players, families and spectators to Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Lycoming County.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 17, 2017
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Full message from Governor Wolf:
“In 1939, as the Great Depression was coming to an end, the first game of Little League baseball was played on a sandlot along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
“A local man hand-carved home plate with a pocketknife and his sister sewed the bases full of salvaged wood shavings. Eight years later the first World Series was held.
“Every summer since players have converged in Williamsport, coming together and coming-of-age in front of the whole world.
“Today, nearly 200,000 teams, from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, compete to get here.
“They remind us that in the game of life, win or lose – we must always play fair, respect each other, and do our best.
“To everyone participating, spectating, and working: Have fun. Good luck. Pennsylvania welcomes you!”