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PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORY
Babe Ruth Baseball was founded in 1951 in Hamilton Township, a suburb of Trenton, New Jersey, to provide wholesome amateur baseball for 13, 14 and 15 year old players. It all started out with a four team league that was designed to follow Little League Baseball, which at the time was only involved with the 5-12 year old age category. In 1953 the Pacific Northwest Region of Babe Ruth Baseball was established with the formation of a 13-15 Year-Old Division. 
HIGHLIGHTS

1953
Pacific Northwest Region was established with the formation of a 13-15 Year-Old Division. John Laxson of Portland, Oregon elected as the first Regional Director. First Regional Tournament Champion was Seattle, Washington.
1959
George Wyse of Seattle, Washington elected Regional Director.
1961
Ira Decker of Billings, Montana elected Regional Director.
1963
Floyd Markham of Portland, Oregon elected Regional Director.
1966
Gene Wood of Casper, Wyoming elected Regional Director.
1967
Wilf Sadler of Victoria, British Columbia elected Regional Director.
1971
Duane Ward of Wheatland, Wyoming elected Regional Director.
1972
16-18 Year-Old Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Chinook, Washington.
1978
Regional Director title changed to Regional Commissioner.
1980
13 Year-Old Division established. Oregon state boundary split into North and South. First Regional Tournament Champion was Keizer-Salem, North Oregon.
1983
Jim Lemp of Cheyenne, Wyoming elected Regional Commissioner.
1984
Bambino Division for players ages 5-12 established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Helena, Montana.
1988
Washington state boundary split into North and South.
1994
16 Year-Old Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Portland-Metro, North Oregon.
1996
11 Year-Old Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Western Youth, South Washington.
1999
14 Year-Old Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Rexburg, Idaho.
1999
Jim Walling, Lolo, MT – Babe Ruth Baseball’s Volunteer of the Year Award
2000
Bambino Division renamed Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Gord Welbourne of Surrey, British Columbia elected Regional Commissioner.
2001
10 & Under Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Kennewick Americans, South Washington.
2002
Pacific Northwest Region’s Roll of Honor established.
2007
Cal Ripken Major 70-Foot Division established. First Tournament was held in Nampa, Idaho. First Regional Champion was Olympia/Black Hills, South Washington.
2011
9 & Under Division established. First Regional Tournament Champion was Meridian Storm, Idaho.
2013
Dennis Devlin, Washougal, WA – Babe Ruth Baseball’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
2016
Jerry Bodden of Lewiston, Idaho elected Regional Commissioner.

PNW WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

1972
Seattle, Washington
16-18 Division
1975
Kirkland, Washington
16-18 Division
1989
Medford, Oregon
13 Division
1989
Forest Grove, Oregon
16-18 Division
1992
Vancouver, South Washington
16-18 Division
1994
Kennewick, South Washington
Bambino Division
1994
Vancouver, South Washington
13-15 Division
1995
Columbia Basin, North Washington
16 Division
1995
Vancouver, South Washington
16-18 Division
1996
Vancouver, South Washington
13-15 Division
1998
Columbia Basin, North Washington
16-18 Division
2000
Kennewick, South Washington
14 Division
2001
Vancouver, South Washington
13 Division
2002
Vancouver, South Washington
14 Division
2008
North Oregon, Oregon
16-18 Division
2009
West Lewis County, South Washington
CR Major/60 Division
2009
Puget Sound, North Washington
16-18 Division
2011
Tualatin Hills, North Oregon
14 Division
2015
Columbia Basin, North Washington
16-18 Division
2016
Kennewick Americans, South Washington
CR Major 70’