Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


In the year, 1939, from humble beginnings, Little League Baseball, an organizational program of baseball for boys, designed to fit the physical and mental capacities of boys under 12 years of age, was introduced to the male youth of America. This young, vibrant program has mushroomed from its beginning in the year, 1939, to a vast international network of leagues numbering about 3,500, extending throughout the United States and many of our foreign countries.1 The program in foreign countries, has been very slow in its beginning; however, the interest and participation in those countries have increased very rapidly. In the United States, the development of the Little League Baseball has been so rapid that a national committee Board of Directors of Little League Baseball, consisting of a commissioner, board of directors, and rules committee, has been established with the national headquarters located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Few, if any other phases of sports, have captured the imagination, nor challenged the ingenuity of parents, leaders, and communities, as has little league baseball for boys. Since its introduction there have been and still are many varied controversies pertaining to the "merits" and demerits of Little League Baseball for Boys.

The purpose of this investigation was to compare and analyze the Little League Baseball Program concerning the effects of Little League Baseball on the male youth of America.

1 Little League Rule Book. Williamsport, Pa., Little League Baseball Inc., 1955. p. 1

Committee Chair/Advisor

William Greene

Committee Member

Hugh L. McKinnis

Committee Member

William J. Nicks

Committee Member

Eolus Rettig

Committee Member

Thomas Williams


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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