YOUTH BASEBALL ALLLIANCE DREAM BECOMES REALITY
By Allan Kreda
Eight youth baseball associations had a dream -- a vision of establishing a
true national championship tournament for young players across America – and
Eddie Einhorn came through.
Employing persuasion, negotiation and perhaps perspiration, that vision
been realized as the eight groups will send teams to a tournament August 21-24
in Memphis as part of the new Major Youth Baseball Alliance LLC. Executives
from each organization gathered to promote the alliance in New York on June 3
and 4. The inaugural National Youth Baseball Championships will feature 10-
under and 12-under divisions and may include as many as eight age groups in
The alliance includes Babe Ruth Baseball; Pony Baseball; Dixie Baseball;
the American Amateur Baseball Congress; the Amateur Athletic Union of the
United States; Super Series Baseball of America; the National Amateur Baseball
Federation and the United States Specialty Sports Association.
“I’m doing this because it’s a passion, and it’s been a long time in
coming,’’ said Mr. Einhorn, co-owner of the Chicago White Sox since 1981. “We
all have one thought in mind – helping kids and celebrating youth baseball. I am
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, now a Major League Baseball executive,
attended one of the Manhattan events and expressed gratitude and admiration
for the new youth baseball collaboration.
“Organizations like this are so important,’’ said Mr. Robinson, who played
youth baseball in Oakland, California, before hitting 586 home runs in 21 major-
league seasons and winning the Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.
“The only way to save kids is through sports. The children of our country need
The alliance hasn’t yet established agreements with television outlets or
corporate sponsors but Mr. Einhorn is confident they will emerge. The plan this
year is to stream tournament games from the Gameday youth baseball complex