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American Legion Dept. Of Mississippi Baseball Program                 

The purpose of American Legion Baseball is to give players "an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities, and to have fun.

Community service has always been a core value of The American Legion and in 1925, this commitment was furthered to include a baseball program.  American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes.

World Series:

In 2011, Shelby, North Carolina was named the permanent home of the American Legion World Series after decades of rotating venues for the event.

The format of the tournament divides the eight teams into two pools and playing round robin within that pool from Thursday to Sunday. The top seed in each pool plays the runner-up in the other pool in the semifinals on Monday, with the two teams advancing to a one-game championship on Tuesday.

The games are set at Keeter Stadium on the campus of Shelby High School and with local community support, it has turned into a lengthy celebration including the Seventh Inning Stretch Festival in Uptown Shelby the Saturday prior to the World Series, a Commander's Reception the Tuesday before the championship and a Parade of Champions the night prior to the first game.

Attendance has swelled over the length of the tenure in Shelby, setting event records every year.

The baseball program in Mississippi is steadily growing and participation is easy, creating ample opportunity for new players to join, for coaches who want to start a team, for umpires, and for individuals or groups interested in volunteering. 

American Legion Baseball has a long history in Mississippi. The league strives to provide a good mix of flexible schedules and good competition. The season typically begins after the academic school year ends which is near the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The state tournament is normally held in mid-July. The possibility of advancing to the American Legion World Series is available to teams that advance through the regional tournament levels. The season offers both full and part time play. 

Regular season and tournament games are held within the State of Mississippi. The American Legion is a not for profit league with the goal of improving our young people by providing a positive, competitive environment while preparing our players for high school and collegiate level play.

The Baseball program offers opportunities in three age divisions: Junior Varsity, Varsity and 19U for state championships.  The 19U division state champion can advance to Regional tournament and possibly the American Legion World Series. 

The Junior Varsity division is designed for the rising 10th grade and younger players. 

The Varsity division is open for all players with at least one remaining season of High School athletic eligibility. 

The 19U (Senior Division) division is designed for recent high school graduates and younger players.  It is possible that some prior year graduate players may be eligible.

The American Legion observes a January 1st cut-off date. Thirteen (13) year olds are the youngest players in American Legion Baseball.


American Legion Dept. of Mississippi Baseball Chairman

Jon Mark Herrington;




American Legion code of sportsmanship.

I Will Keep The Rules.

I Will Keep Faith with my Teammates.

I Will Keep my Temper.

I will keep myself Fit.

I Will Keep a Stout Heart in Defeat.

I Will Keep my Pride under in Victory.

I Will Keep a Sound Soul, a Clean Mind, & a Healthy Body.

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