Highland News Leader

HNL 092618 Baseball Registration

Lee Iten Post 439 will begin 55 years of sponsoring youth baseball in Highland with a player registration meeting Oct. 28 at the Post home located at 1130 New Trenton Road, Highland. Players interested in participating in the 2019 baseball program can register between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. There will be a parent meeting of registered players in January. This meeting will outline the 2019 season (each team schedules 30 plus games), discuss college recruitment and fundraisers.

Senior Team (Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000) – Illinois State Champions 1973, Runner up in 1974

Junior Team (Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002) – Illinois State Champions 2018

Junior Team (Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2003)

American Legion Baseball enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues. Today the program registers more than 5,400 teams in all states and Canada. Nearly 100,000 youths ages 15 to 19 participate annually. Since its inception the league has had 10 million players, and nearly 60 percent of current college players are program graduates.

Legion Baseball also has a reputation of serving the young people who play for it. In college scholarships, the league annually awards a total of $25,000 – $500 for a player selected from each department based upon leadership, character, scholarship and financial need. Recently, the Legion passed a resolution allowing corporate sponsorship, in the hope of creating more financial aid for college. Diamond Sports already funds $25,000 in scholarships for the Legion Player of the Year and eight regional players of the year. Eight players receive a $2,500 scholarship and the Captain of the All-Academic Team receives a $5,000 scholarship.


No Player Cost

League Play – Winners advance to State and National play

MLB and College Exposure – 14 Professional Players, 300 College Players

Media Online Stats

State, Region, National Championship Tournaments

Invitational Tournaments

All Star Games (Illinois vs. Missouri)

Supplied Uniforms, Equipment

Post 439 Hall of Fame Players, Coaches, Championship teams (Awards Dinner November 24, 2018)

Major League Baseball and American Legion Baseball don’t have a formal partnership, but the two owe each other a tremendous debt of gratitude. MLB has sponsored Legion Baseball since its inception, and Legion Baseball has returned the favor, churning out major league prospects since its’ alumni base has been old enough to be scouted. The number of former Legion players who have went on to the pros is far too large to chart. More than half of current major leaguers played Legion Baseball. So did almost every working MLB manager, along with several former commissioners. In all, more than 60 program participants are in the Hall of Fame.

American Legion Baseball graduates are proud contributors throughout our society and often are the successful people in their respective career and communities.

For additional information contact: Wayne Wirz, Baseball Chairman, 618-654-8419 or waynewirz@yahoo.com; Harry Painter, Senior Manager 618-654-4966 or hpainter2@charter.net; Jarod Brissenden, Senior Coach, 618-654-8527; Kyle Schmidt, Junior Manager, 618-409-8525 or Spedyg13@yahoo.net; Michael Spies, Coordinator, 618-444-3483 or michael.spies@charter.net