PONY Baseball

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The purpose of the corporation shall be to organize and supervise the playing of youth baseball and softball for boys and girls.

Programs and Services

  • PONY Baseball and Softball™ began with the organization of the Pony League in Washington, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1951. This was a transition league for 13-year-old and 14-year-old players designed to take graduates of Little League baseball from that diamond to the regulation size diamond. Growth of the Pony League, primarily by word of mouth, was rapid, and by the end of the second season (1952), the original six teams in Washington were joined by 505 others in 106 leagues around the country.
  • More than 500,000 players participate in the PONY organization annually. Pony remains though emblems have changed with the development of the program. The pony is still at the heart of it, even though the emblems that have represented PONY Baseball and Softball and its member leagues have undergone a number of changes since the program was founded in 1951. Originally tied closely to the slogan, "Protect Our Nation's Youth," the first PONY emblem featured a silhouette of a rearing pony to symbolize the enthusiasm of youngsters.
  • The Name PONY Baseball, Inc. is the corporate name under which the Shetland League, Pinto League, Mustang League, Bronco League, Pony League, Colt League, and Palomino League are operated in baseball and softball. PONY is taken from the first letters of each word in the slogan, "Protect Our Nation's Youth." Originally suggested by boys at the YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania, the slogan was "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth," and the change to "Nation's" youth was made after the original Washington Pony League developed into a national program.
  • Joe E. Brown -- comedian, acrobat, actor, a man whose career spanned the entertainment world from vaudeville and the silent movies, through the circus, fairs, and carnivals to the Broadway stage and radio and television -- became the first President of Pony League when the organization was incorporated in 1953. He continued in the post until late 1964 when he retired.
  • PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to "Protect Our Nation's Youth" by providing experiences in youth baseball and girls softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.

Primary Revenue Sources


2020 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-0994080
Net Assets$2,304,959


Name:Abraham Key
Title:President and CEO
Address:1951 PONY Place, PO Box 225
Washington, PA 15301

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