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Bases Loaded - City Art Display

Project developed for the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce in honor of the Little League World Series 75th Anniversary. The goal was to provide a tribute to the origin of Little League Baseball.  A main intersection in downtown Williamsport, PA was transformed into a permanent art display with a base on each street corner. There are life-sized bronze statues of Little League players representing the past, present, and future of the sport on each base. Home plate has a custom designed backstop to display the donors and meaning behind the display. 


My role for this project was project manager.  I was responsible for all material choices, renderings, and all contruction drawings as well as being the main creative force behind the backstop design. Programs used were AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Photoshop.


This project was featured on ESPN during the Championship game in 2014.


The design team for this project was also awarded “Person of the Year 2014” by the Sun Gazette, the local area newspaper.


Backstop Design Process
Home Plate
First Base
Second Base
Intersection Overview from Second Base
Third Base

Bases Loaded Plaques Read: Bases Loaded is a project undertaken by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce through its Lycoming County Visitors Bureau programming in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball and its history her in the greater Williamsport Community since 1939 through present day in 2014. Little League Baseball was started here in WIlliamsport and has grown into the world's largest organized youth sports program. Bases Loaded has been designed to commemorate the different decades over the 75 years of Little League Baseball. Each player statue represents something significant within this 75 year period.


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Basemen: The three infielders are dressed in the uniforms representing the first three teams, Lundy Lumber Company, Jumbo Pretzel and Lycoming Dairy. Little League Baseball began with the vision to provide baseball in a playable format for youth while instilling values and principles inherent to the proper development of all children. The uniforms in that first year were basic with simple logo patches sewn on the jerseys.


Catcher: Our catcher with the letters "CS" on his ball cap represents the Charleston, SC little league team comprised of all-black youth from 1955 that were discriminated against by the all-white teams in the South that would not play against them. The players were invited to Williamsport by Little League Baseball to participate in many of the activities of the World Series that year. However they could not play in it because they had to have at least one game in their region to have been accepted into the series and unfortunately that did not occur.


1st Base Runner: At first base our runner represents all the girls who play Little League Baseball. Approximately one out of seven players of Little League is a girl. The earliest known girl to have played Little League Baseball dates back to the 1950s when a girl dressed as a boy to get her chance to play. It was in the early 1970s that Little League Baseball officially allowed girls to play. The player has on her uniform the logo from the 25th Anniversary on the jersey. The ethnicity of the player represents the first international team from Mexico to play in the Little League World Series which occurred during the first twenty-five years of the sport.


2nd Base Runner: The second base runner is wearing the logo from the 50th Anniversary on his jersey. The ethnicity of the player represents the growth of Little League Baseball during this period in the Asian continent, in particular Taiwan and Japan.


3rd Base Runner: Our third base runner is representing LIttle League's Challenger program. He is wearing the logo for the 75th Anniversary on his jersey. This is representative of the timeframe of when the Challenger program was developed and has grown into an integral part of Little League's programming.


Batter: The batter is a player that represents all present day youth (and adults) that dream of hitting the big home run to win the game. There is no logo on his uniform as he represents the past, present, and future of the LIttle League Baseball program.


Umpire: The umpire is dressed in a 1940s-1950s era of uniform. He represents all of those deidcated volunteers, both men and women, who have (and will have) given their time and resources over the years to the Little League Baseball program.


Manager: This is the only statue that represents an individual. Carl Stotz with the help of family and friends, worked tirelessly to create baseball at a level for all youth to enjoy. He provided a foundation for adults in the community to teach basic principles and values to these children at the same time. Today, Little League Baseball is played in over 100 countries by over 2 1/2 million children. It is due to his vision and energy that we have this sport identified with the Williamsport and Lycoming County community.

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