PONY Baseball and Softball

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PONY Baseball and Softball is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania. Started in 1951,[2] PONY organizes youth baseball and softball leagues and tournaments, as over 500,000 players annually play PONY in over 4,000 leagues throughout the United States and over 40 countries world-wide. The televised Pony League World Series held annually in August at Washington's Lew Hays Pony Field attracts teenage teams from around the world.[3] Membership is open to children and young adults from age 4 to 23 and the leagues are organized in two-year age brackets with "and-under" programs.[2] Hundreds of PONY players have gone on to Major League Baseball careers, including Hall of Fame inductees Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr.[4]

PONY Baseball and Softball
Pony League logo.png
SportBaseball and softball
Founded1951
PresidentAbraham Key[1]
CountriesUnited States, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific
Most recent
champion(s)
Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
(2019)
Most titlesCalifornia Long Beach, CA (4)
Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan (4)
TV partner(s)MLB.com
Sponsor(s)Dick's Sporting Goods
Official websitehttp://www.pony.org

Origin of nameEdit

Children at the Washington, Pennsylvania, YMCA named the organization PONY, which stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth." This later became "Protect Our Nation's Youth."[2]

Levels of playEdit

 
A 14-year-old Pony League pitcher

Distances shown are for baseball with players pitching; distances for other offerings (such as baseball with machine pitching, fast pitch softball, and slow pitch softball) may vary.

League Ages Distances Ref.
Bases Pitching
Shetland  6 and under 50 feet (15.24 m) 38 feet (11.58 m) [5]
Pinto  8 and under 60 feet (18.29 m) 40 feet (12.19 m) [6]
Mustang 10 and under 46 feet (14.02 m) [7]
Bronco 12 and under 70 feet (21.34 m) 50 feet (15.24 m) [8]
Pony 14 and under 80 feet (24.38 m) 54 feet (16.46 m) [9]
Colt 16 and under 90 feet (27.43 m) 60 feet 6 inches (18.44 m) [10]
Palomino 18 and under [11]
Thorobred 23 and under [12]

Pony League World Series championsEdit

The Pony League World Series is the flagship tournament of PONY Baseball and Softball. After the creation of the organization in 1951, there were already 505 teams across 106 leagues the following year. This prompted PONY to create the Pony League World Series in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The finals did not have a set location and took place in various states, including California, Nebraska, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, and Washington. In 1981, World Series Tournaments, Incorporated (WSTI) was put in charge of running the tournament and fixed the location to Washington County, Pennsylvania.

The first international team to appear in 1968, when both Venezuela and British Columbia, Canada, made appearances. The first non-Americas team to appear was Japan in 1986. The tournament is now sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods and the games are streamed on MLB.com,[13] the official site of Major League Baseball. The recent finals can also be found on YouTube.[14]

The format of the tournament has differed; for most years it has been double-elimination, while at least the first tournament (1952) was single-elimination, and the finals were a best of three at least twice during the 1970s.

 
Pony League World Series logo
Year Winner Score Runner–Up Ref.
1952   San Antonio, Texas 2–1   Brockton, Massachusetts [15]
1953   Fairmont, West Virginia 7–6   North Charleston, South Carolina [16]
1954   Monongahela, Pennsylvania 8–2   Chicago, Illinois [17]
1955   Washington, Pennsylvania 4–0   Youngstown, Ohio [18]
1956   Joliet, Illinois 9–1   Hamtramck, Michigan [19]
1957   Lufkin, Texas 5–2   Maywood, Illinois [20]
1958   Miami, Florida 3–2   Hamtramck, Michigan [21]
1959   Long Beach, California 8–0   Greene County, Pennsylvania [22]
1960   Oak Park - River Forest, Illinois 5–4   West Covina, California
1961   Hamtramck, Michigan 2–1   San Antonio, Texas
1962   Houston, Texas 4–1   Greensboro, North Carolina
1963   Evansville, Indiana 3–1   Canoga Park, California
1964   Campbell-Moreland, California 8–2   Gadsden, Alabama
1965   Long Beach, California 8–0   Joliet, Illinois
1966   Greensboro, North Carolina 6–0   Gadsden, Alabama
1967   Chula Vista, California 2–0   Tulsa, Oklahoma
1968   Greensboro, North Carolina 4–1   Covina, California
1969   Honolulu, Hawaii 8–5   Arcadia, California
1970   Buena Park, California 1–0   Cayce/West Columbia/Lexington, South Carolina
1971   Orange, California 6–5   Denver, Colorado [23]
1972   Monterrey, Mexico 2–0, 2–3, 3–1   Honolulu, Hawaii [24][25][26]
1973   Santa Clara, California 4–3   Fort Worth, Texas [27]
1974   West Covina, California 11–2   Charlotte, North Carolina [28]
1975   Covina, California 7–3, 4–3   Wilmette, Illinois [29][30]
1976   Tampa, Florida 14–0   Monongahela, Pennsylvania
1977   New Bedford, Massachusetts 5–4   Lake Worth, Florida
1978   Campbell-Moreland, California 2–0   Joliet, Illinois
1979   Campbell-Moreland, California 10–3   Houston, Texas
1980   Maui, Hawaii 3–2   Greensboro, North Carolina
1981   West Covina, California 16–10   Miami, Florida [31]
1982   West Covina, California 5–4   Washington, Pennsylvania
1983   Santa Susana, California 8–4   Houston, Texas
1984   Caguas, Puerto Rico 3–0   Miami, Florida
1985   Marietta, Georgia 7–0   Washington, Pennsylvania
1986   Valencia, Santa Clarita, California 3–2   Edogawa, Japan
1987   Caguas, Puerto Rico 9–4   Houston, Texas
1988   Seoul, South Korea 15–0   La Mesa, California
1989   Seoul, South Korea 10–0   Encino, California
1990   Seoul, South Korea 4–2   Lakewood, California
1991   San Juan, Puerto Rico 8–2   Fountain Valley, California
1992   Bourbonnais, Illinois 4–3   Pasadena, Texas
1993   Joliet, Illinois 4–2   Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1994   Taitung, Taiwan 6–1   Chambersburg, Pennsylvania [32]
1995   Bayamon, Puerto Rico 11–2   Hagerstown, Maryland
1996   Tainan, Taiwan 4–0   Evansville, Indiana
1997   Danville, California 7–0   Hamilton, Ohio
1998   Taitung, Taiwan 4–0   Washington, Pennsylvania
1999   Covina, California 9–1   Taitung, Taiwan
2000   Taipei, Taiwan 8–3   West Covina, California
2001   Ponce, Puerto Rico 10–4   Richmond, Virginia
2002   Norwalk, California 10–0   Levittown, Puerto Rico
2003   Lakewood, California 4–3   Humacao, Puerto Rico
2004   Marietta, Georgia 3–1   Mililani, Hawaii
2005   Taichung, Taiwan 2–1   San Diego, California
2006   Caguas, Puerto Rico 4–2   Simi Valley, California
2007   Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 8–3   Long Beach, California
2008   Long Beach, California 3–2   Taichung, Taiwan
2009   Taitung, Taiwan 12–1   Riverside/Victoria, California
2010   Midlothian, Virginia 3–1   West Tokyo, Japan
2011   Laredo, Texas 10–9   Taipei County, Chinese Taipei
2012   Long Beach, California 9–7   Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei
2013   Okinawa, Japan 5–4   Los Mochis, Mexico
2014   Hilo, Hawaii 5–3   Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei [33]
2015   Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei 12–1   San Bernardino, California [34]
2016   Taipei County, Chinese Taipei 12–2   Maui, Hawaii [35]
2017   Covina, California 3–1   Seoul, South Korea [36]
2018   Taipei County, Chinese Taipei 3–1   Long Beach, California [37]
2019   Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 9–1   Bay County, Michigan
Year Winner Score Runner–Up Ref.

Source: [38][39] (in cases of conflicting records, contemporary news reports have been given priority)

Championship totalsEdit

 
The 2016 championship team from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

By US state or non-US country. Updated through the 2019 championship.

State / Country Wins Losses Appearances Most recent championship
  California 22 15 37 2017
  Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 10 5 15 2019
  Puerto Rico 7 3 10 2007
  Texas 4 6 10 2011
  Illinois 4 5 9 1993
  Hawaii 3 3 6 2014
  South Korea 3 1 4 1990
  Pennsylvania 2 6 8 1955
  Florida 2 3 5 1976
  North Carolina 2 3 5 1968
  Georgia 2 0 2 2004
  Michigan 1 3 4 1961
  Japan 1 2 3 2013
  Indiana 1 1 2 1963
  Massachusetts 1 1 2 1977
  Mexico 1 1 2 1972
  Virginia 1 1 2 2010
  West Virginia 1 0 1 1953
  Alabama 0 2 2
  Ohio 0 2 2
  South Carolina 0 2 2
  Colorado 0 1 1
  Maryland 0 1 1
  Oklahoma 0 1 1

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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