Little League World Series to name brackets after ‘Icons of the Game’
With the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series featuring teams solely from the United States in 2021, the designated participating fields in both events will be named in honor of four Hall of Famers who have embodied the mission of the Little League program during their baseball and softball careers.
Traditionally designated for U.S. and International brackets, the 2021 Little League Baseball World Series brackets will be named in memory of National Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Tom Seaver. The two Little League Softball World Series playing pools will be named after National Softball Hall of Famers and Team USA Olympic gold medalists Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza.
“While the 2021 Little League Baseball and Softball World Series may have a much different look, we are looking forward to honoring four of the game’s most respected players at our premiere baseball and softball events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “It is an honor for us to recognize the two great Hall of Famers we lost this year in Hank Aaron and Tom Seaver, as well as two of softball’s most talented and influential superstars in Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza. We hope each of their legacies will continue to inspire the next great wave of Little Leaguers who have the chance to participate in our iconic events.”
At the World Series in South Williamsport, the eight teams on the left side of the bracket will compete for the Hank Aaron Championship while the eight teams on the right side of the bracket will compete for the Tom Seaver Championship before playing in the World Series Championship Game.
Similarly, the 2021 World Series in Greenville, North Carolina, will open with its traditional pool-play format, featuring a Jennie Finch Pool and a Jessica Mendoza Pool, each consisting of five teams, to determine which teams advance to the single-elimination segment of the tournament.
The official pairings and schedules for the 2021 Little League Baseball and Softball World Series will be announced live on Little League’s Facebook Page on Friday at noon.