Little League World Series: Superstar Players in the Making
Since 1947, Little Leaguers from around the world have come together annually for the Little League World Series.
With more than 7,000 teams competing for spots in the tournament, some of the best—and biggest—players compete on the biggest stage.
With this year's World Series in full gear, here's a list of the competition's biggest athletes through the years.
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Who can forget Danny Almonte? Of course Almonte was a physical freak in this event for 11- to 13-year-olds. He was 15!
Almonte's age conspiracy is the most famous controversy surrounding the Little League World Series and was sparked after he dominated the competition.
In 2001, the phenom was throwing 70 miles per hour on a Little League mound (equivalent to 92 at a major-league distance). In three starts, he struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and one run.
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Before Jason Bay won the National League Rookie of the Year Award or played for the New York Mets, he starred in the LLWS.
Back in 1990, Bay played for Trail, British Columbia in the event. His team did not make the final.
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Matt Cassel turned into a household name after filling in for the Patriots' Tom Brady, but he was a quality baseball player too.
He played one season at USC in 2004 and took part in the 1994 LLWS for Northridge, California.
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This Stanley Cup champion also took home the 1989 Little League World Series Championship.
Drury was named MVP too when he played for Trumbull, Connecticut and helped his team beat Taiwan 5-2.
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Jason Marquis' list of accomplishments is a lengthy one. He won the World Series in 2006 and was named to the National League All-Star team in 2009.
All of this came after playing in the 1991 LLWS with Staten Island, New York.
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Lloyd McClendon was made famous by stealing a base after being kicked out of a game during his managerial days with Pittsburgh.
Before that, he played in the majors and participated in the 1971 Little League World Series for Gary, Indiana.
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This Pirate played for Bradenton, Florida in the 1997 Little League World Series.
If he stays put in Pittsburgh, the experience in '97 will be the last World Series he is ever part of.
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One of the more recent Major League Baseball stars to play in the LLWS, Colby Rasmus competed with Phenix City, Alabama in 1999.
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Seven-time All Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner Gary Sheffield got his start back in 1980 in the LLWS with Tampa, Florida.
Sheffield won the MLB World Series in 1997 and was also MLB's batting champ in 1992.
The famous Red Sox captain has participated in three different kinds of World Series.
First, in 1984, Varitek played for Altamonte Springs, Florida in the LLWS. Then, in 1994, he was a part of the College World Series. Finally, in 2004 and 2007, Varitek won baseball's ultimate series with Boston.