The end of summer is marked by the end of Little League Baseball. The final games are played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania at Little League headquarters. These finals, which draw more television spectators than most Major League games, are a grand finale for kids who’ve been playing ball all summer.
Many of us have fond memories of playing Little League games in our neighborhoods and towns. We stuffed Big League Chew into our mouths, were incentivized by snow cones after the game, and played because we wanted to. The only pressure was to not look foolish in front of your friends for not paying attention to the game. There were Wendy Peppercorns, ridiculous parents “coaching” from the sidelines, and legitimate reasons to slide in the dirt without getting screamed at by our mothers for ruining our clothes.