Move Over, Little League...
Memphis is about to become the World Series Home of true Youth Baseball.
Television Pioneer Eddie Einhorn is choosing the Bluff City to become home of his new National Youth Baseball Championships..
The 72-year innovator, who is co-owner of the Chicago White Sox, and the Father of Syndicated Sports on TV, says the First Tennessee Fields complex in Cordova is the perfect place to stage a National Championship Tournament involving every age group, from the 8 mega organizations not run by Little League.
There are no Little League teams in Memphis...but Babe Ruth, USSSA, AABC, AAU and others are King here and just about everywhere else...putting about 8-Milllion players on the Diamond each summer...compared to just 2-million for Little League.
"The facility here is just wonderful.. i don't think there are 10 like it in the whole country. The kids can play on grass fields that are age appropriate.. A lot of times in the South, the young ones have to play on Softball fields until they move up to a place like AutoZone Park."
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Chief Kevin Kane says:
"As you know, top facilities bring the people. For a lot of these teams, it's their family vacation. They want to go someplace nice...whether it be the Mike Rose Soccer Complex or First Tennessee Fields..facilities bring fans..and fans bring money and that's what it's all about from our perspective."
Einhorn says the First National Youth Baseball Championship is set for August 21-through the 24th at First Tennessee Fields.
They'll start with the 10 and 12-year old age groups, eventually expanding to every age from 8-to-16.