Hammond is on deck for one of the biggest baseball events to come to the Region. For the first time since 2001, the state of Indiana will hold the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series. The only time it has ever been held in Indiana was back in 2001 in Vincennes. The tournament will be held Aug. 9 through Aug.16 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex.
The tournament will start with all teams playing four pool-play games during the first five days, and then the top three teams from each of the five pool-play divisions will be placed in a single-elimination bracket.
The Cal Ripken Major/60 uses little league baseball dimensions and rules with the 60-feet base paths, 46-feet pitching distance and no leadoffs. Each year this 12U (under the age of 12) tournament selects a new location, and the region now has the honor of being a part of that.
"Whether your name is Lou Gehrig or Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio or Jackie Robinson, or that of some youngster who picks up his bat or puts on his glove, you are challenged by the game of baseball to do your very best day in and day out,” Cal Ripken, Jr. said. “That's all I've ever tried to do."
Thomas McDermott, Jr., mayor of Hammond, will manage Hammond’s 12U Bulldogs in the tournament. As the host team, the Bulldogs get an automatic bid for the World Series, plus the Northern Indiana State Champion will also get an automatic bid. It is very exciting to have two area teams fighting for the title.
The volunteers working with the Hammond Optimist Youth Club are doing their best to bring us the best tournament the region has ever seen. With the tournament about a month away, the club is dedicated to put all the pieces of the event together to ensure an enjoyable week for everyone.
To purchase your tickets now go to www.12uworldserieshammond.org. You can purchase day passes for $10, tournament passes for $20 and family passes (good for 4 people) for $50. Also, from the site you can purchase pins, shirts, stickers and more to show your region pride!