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PONY Baseball, Inc.
The purpose of this 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 organization of the Pony League in Washington, PA 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 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.
- A national tournament was conducted, and the first Pony League World Series was held that year. Lew Hays, among the founders of the Pony League, was named Commissioner of the new league when it was incorporated for national organization in early 1953 and held that post until 1964 when he was named president. In 1953, John Laslo, long time Mayor of Martins Ferry, Ohio, visited with Hays and discussed organization of a league similar to Pony League for 15-year-old and 16-year-old players.
- The purpose was to permit players in this age bracket to compete with players of like experience in their first years on the regulation diamond. Laslo guided the development of Colt League, and in late 1959, Pony League and Colt League were merged into a single organization.
- More than 500,000 players participate in the PONY organization annually. Pony remains though emblems have changed with 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 13 and 14 who had not yet reached physical maturity.
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|Federal Tax ID||25-0994080|
|Title:||President and CEO|
|Address:||1951 PONY Place, P.O. BOX 225|
Washington, PA 15301
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