"KIDS IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN”
America’s pastime is alive and well in Vincennes, Indiana. Exciting youth baseball with a big league feel is happening every spring and summer at Vincennes Cub League.
This year Vincennes Cub League will begin their 51st season of play with over 600 children ages 4-15 playing approximately 500 baseball games on five baseball fields located near South 15thStreet. The program boasts one of the finest youth baseball facilities in the Midwest, including a heated, indoor hitting/practice facility which is utilized year-round. The facilities are very fan-friendly with covered bleachers, full-service concessions, and paved parking. Jen’s Safe Place Park provides a playground area for younger brothers and sisters.
Boys and girls begin their careers playing T-Ball and then progress to Rookie League where a pitching machine is used. Players advance to Junior Cub at age 9 for live pitching and then to Senior Cub at age 11. Players graduate to Babe Ruth League at age 13 where they play on a full-size baseball diamond. The baseball teams are sponsored by area businesses and local organizations. Many local businesses are also sign sponsors to help support the league.
The program is organized by a large group of dedicated volunteers including coaches, umpires, and others who donate countless hours each year to make Vincennes Cub League a special place for kids and their families. Any child who wants to play baseball is given the opportunity regardless of physical or financial hardship. In 2007, a new league named Buddy Ball was added for children and young adults who are physically and mentally challenged. There were twenty-six participants assisted by volunteers while playing baseball, many for the very first time.
In their first 50 years, Vincennes Cub League has recorded many firsts in youth baseball history for our community. The program became an affiliate of Babe Ruth League, Inc. in 1982. In 2001 Vincennes Cub League was very proud to be the first community to host two World Series the same year; the inaugural 10-year-old Cal Ripken World Series and the 12-year-old Cal Ripken World Series.
Vincennes Cub League was also the first to host two successful Ohio Valley Regionals simultaneously in both the Babe Ruth Division (13 and 14-year-old tournaments in 1999) and the former Bambino Division (10 and 12-year-old tournaments in 1995). In addition, the organization hosted the Bambino World Series on Joe Bilskie, Sr. Field in 1998 and 10-year-old Cal Ripken World Series in 2004 and 2007. Vincennes Cub League has also hosted numerous local, district, state, and regional level tournaments.
Over the years, these events have generated millions of dollars in local business and tourism revenue and introduced visitors from around the world to historic Vincennes. The financial success of these tournaments has allowed the organization to reinvest in its facilities which benefits all the children who play baseball at Vincennes Cub League.
Graduates of Vincennes Cub League have established a foundation of discipline, teamwork, friendships, and skills to use throughout their lifetime. While many players have played high school and college sports, there are currently three graduates playing either Major League or Minor League Baseball. Clint Barmes and Jeff Cunningham are involved with the Colorado Rockies, and Nevin Ashley is playing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.
Readers of this publication are encouraged to visit the baseball facility this spring and summer to enjoy America’s pastime…Vincennes Cub League style. Rest assured you will see families and children having a great time at the ballpark. Let’s play ball!