Every year as summer begins to wind down, ESPN starts the World Series by showing Little League games in an effort to drum up as much support as they can for the tournament.
As hard as we try to fill our time up with late-season baseball and pro-football pre-season specials, we always find ourselves affixed to the television, watching 12 and 13-year olds as they achieve more notoriety in a couple of weeks than most people do in their entire lifetimes.
The alumni of the LLWS ranges from politicians to political activists to some of today’s supreme talented athletes. Perhaps the most well-known LLWS star is Gary Sheffield who led his Florida squad to the 1980 finals, only to lose to a team from Taiwan. Get used to that, it’s a theme in these slides.
However, Sheffield isn’t the only former child star who went on to achieve great things in the world of sports. Here’s a look at the top-15 performers who took part in the LLWS and went on to bigger and better things.
This baseball tournament is for children aged 11 – 13 years old. It was originally called the National Little League Tournament and was later renamed for the World Series in Major League Baseball. It was first held in 1947 and is held every August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.