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Exhibit celebrates 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball

Sure to be a big hit, an exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College is celebrating a true summertime classic.

“A Diamond Anniversary: A Celebration of 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series” will run June 7 through Aug. 25 in the gallery on the third floor of The Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours will be: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (The gallery will be closed Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and is also closed July 3-5.)

Players from Delaware Township, N.J., celebrate during the 1955 Little League World Series. This image and others are included in “A Diamond Anniversary: A Celebration of 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series,” on exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, June 7-Aug. 25.
Players from Delaware Township, N.J., celebrate during the 1955 Little League World Series. This image and others are included in “A Diamond Anniversary: A Celebration of 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series,” on exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, June 7-Aug. 25.

The anniversary exhibition explores the evolution of the small-town baseball tournament established in 1947 to the international event enjoyed by millions worldwide today. The exhibit is brought to life by a collection of photos, artifacts and artwork that spans each decade of the summertime classic. The works were selected from the archives of the World of Little League® Museum. The collection of one-of-a-kind artifacts and images is sure to excite Little League fans of all ages.

Where it all began: The exhibit includes a program from the inaugural tournament in 1947.
Where it all began: The exhibit includes a program from the inaugural tournament in 1947.

“As we celebrate the 75th Little League Baseball World Series, the theme for this exhibit is ‘celebration.’ The images in this collection highlight players, teams and fans celebrating the sport they love,” said Adam Thompson, director of the World of Little League Museum. “From the first series in 1947 to 2021, the images celebrate what makes the Little League Series one of the best events in sports. We would like to thank The Gallery at Penn College for giving us the opportunity to showcase what makes the Little League World Series so special.”

A photo from the 1968 Series' championship documents the action between the Far East team from Osaka, Japan, and the South Region entry from Richmond, Va. (Japan won, 1-0.)
A photo from the 1968 Series’ championship documents the action between the Far East team from Osaka, Japan, and the South Region entry from Richmond, Va. (Japan won, 1-0.)

Photographs on display at Penn College’s gallery are from the Little League archives and are images that a visitor would not see in the World of Little League Museum.

Serving as an educational resource for Penn College students and a cultural asset to the community, The Gallery at Penn College is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art. Prior to visiting, guests should view the college’s Continuity of Operations Plan page for current guidelines related to the pandemic.

For information on Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, call toll-free at 800-367-9222.

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