Alaska American Legion Post 1, 2019 Baseball Sponsorship of West Anchorage High School

American Legion Jack Henry Post 1

Anchorage Alaska

Post 1 members voted unanimously to make a donation that would allow our Legion Baseball team from West Anchorage High School to purchase an outdoor batting cage that would allow them to get out of the gym in the summer time. Anything left over will go to needed safety equipment. Legion baseball falls under the 3rd Pillar of the American Legion and is considered Americanism.

Each year, nearly 90,000 athletes participate in American Legion Baseball, the nation’s oldest and most-respected amateur baseball program. Legion posts sponsor teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, giving young men wholesome, healthy activity and lessons in sportsmanship, loyalty, respect for rules and fair play.

Many of the greatest names in the sport spent their teen-age summers in American Legion Baseball uniforms. Hall of Famers such as Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra still speak of the influence Legion ball has had on their lives and careers. To date, 59 major league players and one umpire who played Legion ball have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.