SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — We are in the second week of the little league world series in South Williamsport. There were five games on the agenda Monday but there is more to do at the Little League World Series besides baseball.
It was raining earlier in the day at the Little League World Series complex. A lot of people in South Williamsport had the same idea: stay dry and spend time inside at the newly-renovated Little League Museum.
Rain and baseball do not go well together but the wet weather did not stop people at the Little League World Series from having fun. Many just took the fun inside.
“We knew it was supposed to rain so we had a plan to come to the museum. I haven’t been here for many, many years,” said Ian James from Ontario
Most of the people walking through the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum are seeing it for the first time. The museum closed for renovations last year, and reopened in June with a whole new look.
“The museum was completely gutted after last year’s World Series. We put about $4.5 million into renovations so everything you see in here is brand new,” said Little League Vice President Lance Van Auken.
There are action-packed exhibits geared towards children. Kids can “run the bases,” see how high they can jump to catch a ball, and play shortstop at Volunteer Stadium.
“We heard a lot about the exhibits, a lot of interactive stuff. It’s great for the kids. It gives them a piece of history and they’re still playing the game,” said Carl Yastremski of Plains Township.
There is a lot to see at the museum, but one of the highlights of the tour is a uniform worn by Babe Ruth in 1934 during his barnstorming tour through Japan.
“My favorite thing so far is the Babe Ruth jersey. It’s really cool because they say he’s the best player in baseball,” said Josh Sanfilippo of Kingston.
“Much, much different than the last time I was here. We’re only into the second part of it right now but it’s an excellent, excellent presentation,” James added.
The Little League Museum is open year round, with extended hours during the Little League World Series. It costs $5 to get in and there are discounted rates for small children and senior citizens.