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AMERICAN LEGION'S PRESTIGIOUS PEDIGREE

Posted by James Derochea on May 25 2010 at 05:00PM PDT

A PRESTIGIOUS PEDIGREE

Major League Baseball has sponsored Legion Baseball almostsince its inception in 1925, and Legion Baseball has returned the favor,churning out major-league prospects since the alumni base has been old enoughto be scouted. Currently, more than half of current major-leaguers were scouted while playingLegion Baseball!  Almost every working MLB manager also played Legion, along withseveral former commissioners. In all, more than 50 American Legion Baseballprogram graduates are in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Naturally, Legion Baseball's alumni base includes some ofthe sport's most recognizable names. Yogi Berra played for Fred W. StockholmPost 245 in St. Louis and was once quoted as saying it was themost fun he ever had. Ted Williams suited up for a post in San Diego. FrankRobinson led his Oakland, Calif., team to the only back-to-back nationalchampionships in program history. Current Yankees slugger Mark Texeira playedin the league's 1997 World Series. Babe Ruth was too old to join when LegionBaseball started, but he spent the final years of his life promoting theprogram as its director of operations. Other prominent players include RyneSandberg, Roy Campanella, Dusty Baker, Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux and ChipperJones, to name a few.

Yet baseball isn't the only area where former players haveexcelled. Legion Baseball graduates have gone on to prominence in other careerfields. Former vice president Dick Cheney played for Post 2 in Casper, Wyo.Famed journalist and author Tom Brokaw played Legion ball in South Dakota, andSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was on a team in Pennsylvania.

In short, Legion Baseball graduates are proud contributorsthroughout our society and often are the most successful people in theirrespective career fields.

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