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TWO BASEBALL GREATS, ONE SHARED VISION FOR BASEBALL.
In 1982, Babe Ruth League. Inc. created the Bambino Division for youth aged 4-12. After nearly 20 successful years of growth, the division was renamed Cal Ripken Baseball. The Cal Ripken Baseball Major/70 division was established in 2007, allowing players to play on 70-foot base paths with a 50-foot pitching distance. It also allowed players to freely take leads and steal for the first time, playing mainly by Official Baseball Rules. This innovation helped to prepare the youth for better transition to the 90-foot diamonds of the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 and 16-18 divisions of play.
Babe Ruth League traces its roots to 1951, back when it was founded as the Little Bigger League in Hamilton, NJ. In 1954, Claire Ruth gave permission for the league to be renamed in George Herman " Babe" Ruth's honor. "Babe was a man who loved children and baseball," she said. "He could recieve no greater tribute than to have a youth baseball program named after him."
Today, Babe Ruth League has more than 1,000,000 players on 56,000 teams in 9,000 leagues in eight countries and all 50 states.