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Flashback Friday - Czech Republic Wins Its Way to the Country’s First-Ever Little League Baseball® World Series Appearance

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 22, 2013) – The South Moravia Little League from the Czech Republic won the European and Africa Region Championship, besting the Italy team from Emilia Little League, 3-0, at Edward Piszek Stadium at the Little League® European Headquarters in Kutno, Poland, on Saturday, July 20. This will be the initial appearance for the Czech Republic in the 67-year history of the Little League Baseball® World Series. Thanks to its strong relationship with the Confederation of European Baseball, Little League has seen solid growth in Europe in recent years.

For the first time since 2001, there will be two countries making their World Series debut this August in South Williamsport. Czech Republic joins Perth Metro Central Little League team from Perth, Australia as the second Little League team to represent its country. Perth Metro Central won the championship for the newly formed Australia Region on June 5. Australia and the Czech Republic will be the 27th and 28th countries to make it to the Little League Baseball World Series.

“With a 74-year-old organization, there aren’t a lot of times we get to celebrate firsts,” said Patrick Wilson, Little League Baseball and Softball Senior Vice President and International Tournament Director. “Welcoming two new countries to the World Series this year is an amazing accomplishment. We’re thrilled to share the excitement of the World Series experience with the team from South Moravia and all of their fans in the Czech Republic.”

With their appearance, the Czech Republic is already rewriting the Little League history books before any games have been played. Two countries making their World Series debut in the same year has only happened three other times – 1965 (Venezuela and Spain), 1984 (Panama and South Korea) and 2001 (Guam and Russia). It is also the first time since 1959, other than the 1975 when no teams from outside the United States played in the World Series, that all of the international teams will be fielded by citizens from their respective countries. For more than 50 years, at least one team from abroad has featured Little Leaguers® from American military, diplomatic or industrial families.

South Moravia Little League went a perfect 5-0 in their pool, defeating the Rotterdam Little League from The Netherlands, 11-8, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game. In their eight-game championship run, South Moravia averaged nearly 12 runs per game. Learn more about the European and Africa Region Tournament.

The Czech Republic will face Japan Region Champion, Musashi Fuchu Little League, on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium. Musashi Fuchu, the 2003 Little League Baseball World Series Champions, won the Japan Region Championship on July 7 in their home city of Tokyo. All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit

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