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Little League World Series 2011: 15 Most Famous Alumni of the LLWS
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In just 17-years, Gary Sheffield went from LLWS loser to World Series victor.

Are there few guilty pleasures as fun as the Little League World Series?

Every year as summer begins to wind down, ESPN starts showing Little League games by the truck-load in an effort to drum up as much support as they can for the LLWS tournament, which kicks off today.

And 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 achieve more notoriety in a couple of weeks than most of us will in our entire lifetimes.

The alumni of the LLWS ranges from politicians to political activists to some of today's most 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.

But 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.

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