PNW Region 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 Division)