Friday, September 2, 2011

Dodgers to Host Little League Word Series Champions

From the Dodgers -

DODGERS TO HOST LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS OCEAN VIEW LITTLE LEAGUE ON SEPTEMBER 22

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers will welcome the 2011 Little League World Series champions Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, CA to Dodger Stadium on September 22, the final home game of the regular season (7:10 p.m. vs. SF). The Dodgers will roll out the blue carpet for the Little League World Series champions as the Ocean View Little Leaguers will watch batting practice, meet the Dodgers, take infield practice on their first Major League field, then stand alongside the Dodgers in front of the dugout during the National Anthem. Pre-game and in-game tributes are also planned.

Ocean View Little League, representing the West and the U.S. in the Little League World Series, became world champions after a 2-1 victory against the Japanese team from Hamamatsu City on August 28. Ocean View’s victory marked the sixth time in the last seven years that the U.S. has won the title, but the first time a team from Orange County became world champions.

The Dodgers have hosted Little League teams from throughout Southern California for decades. Each season, more than 30,000 Little Leaguers and their families visit Dodger Stadium. Little League parades around the warning track include several hundred youngsters and occur prior to games on select Sundays during homestands.

The Dodgers have been home to several players that are also Southern California natives. Huntington Beach native Tim Wallach is the Dodgers’ current third base coach and was recently inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame for his career at Cal State Fullerton. Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda is a longtime Fullerton, CA resident. Huntington Beach resident Justin Sellers made his Major League debut this season and has quickly become a fan favorite.

Former Dodgers that have participated in the Little League World Series include: Wilson Alvarez (Venezuela, 1982), Jim Barbieri (Schenetady, NY, 1954), Chin-Feng Chen (Chinese Taipei, 1990), Gary Sheffield (Tampa, FL, 1980) and Bobby Mitchell (Northridge, CA, 1967). Vance Lovelace, Dodger Director Pro Scouting and Special Assistant to the GM, also played in the Little League World Series representing Tampa, FL in 1975.

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