American Legion Baseball Cancels World Series, Regional Tournaments

Tuesday morning, American Legion Baseball cancelled the final tournaments of the 2020 season which culminated with the World Series in Shelby, North Carolina. There will also be no regional tournaments as well.

In a press release on legion.org, it says, “Many baseball coaches are unable to complete prerequisite league play scheduled between May and July due to the closure of schools and playing facilities across the nation. In August, more than 500 players, coaches and volunteer staff are scheduled to travel and participate in eight regional tournaments and the American Legion World Series, collectively attracting thousands of fans and spectators. Many of these individuals are of a high-risk demographic.”

In the article, Americanism Commissioner Richard Anderson said, “These times are unparalleled. And while it is distressing to think of all those youth across the nation who are disappointed to learn of the cancellation of American Legion programs this year, it would be a much, much greater tragedy if even just one of those youth were to fall ill during a program.

“The Americanism Commission feels this is the right thing to do.”

The Central Plains Regional Tournament was scheduled to be held in Sioux Falls for the second straight season