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How Many MLB Players Also Played in the Little League World Series?

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Every athlete has an origin story. For the vast majority of the 20,000-plus players who’ve suited up for at least one Major League Baseball game, that story began in Little League. And for a lucky few, their journey included a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which was first played in 1947.

Now, over the course of the past 75 years, many future big-leaguers have taken part in the various tournaments held around the world in an attempt to get to Williamsport. But for the purposes of this particular list, we’re only including those who played in the official Little League World Series in Central Pennsylvania.

And the list certainly isn’t extensive as just 64 players played in both the Little World Series and Major League Baseball.

How many MLB players also participated in the Little League World Series?

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Cody Bellinger during the 2007 Little League World Series; Cody Bellinger during a 2022 Dodgers MLB matchup with the Padres | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Harry How/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the complete list of players to play in both the Little League World Series and Major League Baseball. Those in bold are currently in the big leagues.

  • Jim Barbieri — LLWS: 1953, 1954 (National LL-Schenectady, NY) — MLB: 1966 (Dodgers)
  • Carl Taylor — LLWS: 1954 (Orange LL-Lakeland, FL) — MLB: 1968-1973 (Pirates, Cardinals, Royals)
  • Ken Hubbs — LLWS: 1954 (Lions Club LL-Colton, CA) — MLB: 1961-1963 (Cubs)
  • Billy Connors — LLWS: 1954 (National LL-Schenectady, NY) — MLB: 1966-1968 (Cubs, Mets)
  • Boog Powell — LLWS: 1954 (Orange LL-Lakeland, FL) — MLB: 1961-1977 (Orioles, Cleveland, Dodgers)
  • Keith Lampard — LLWS: 1958 (Rose City LL-Portland, OR) — MLB: 1969-1970 (Astros)
  • Rick Wise — LLWS: 1958 (Rose City LL-Portland, OR) — MLB: 1964-1982 (Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Cleveland, Padres)
  • Hector Torres — LLWS: 1958 (Industrial LL-Monterrey, Mexico) — MLB: 1968-1977 (Astros, Cubs, Expos, Astros, Padres, Blue Jays)
  • Larvell Blanks — LLWS: 1962 (Val Verde County LL-Del Rio, TX) — MLB: 1972-1980 (Braves, Cleveland, Rangers)
  • Bobby Mitchell — LLWS: 1967 (Northridge City LL-Northridge, CA) — MLB: 1980-1983 (Dodgers, Twins)
  • Jim Pankovits — LLWS: 1968 (Tuckahoe LL-Richmond, VA) — MLB: 1984-1990 (Astros, Red Sox)
  • Carney Lansford — LLWS: 1969 (Briarwood LL-Santa Clara, CA) — MLB: 1978-1992 (Angels, Red Sox, A’s)
  • Ben Hayes — LLWS: 1970 (Weisbaden LL-Germany) — MLB: 1982-1983 (Reds)
  • Lloyd McClendon — LLWS: 1971 (Anderson LL-Gary, IN) — MLB: 1987-1994 (Reds, Cubs, Pirates)
  • Ed Vosberg — LLWS: 1973 (Cactus LL-Tucson, AZ) — MLB: 1986-2002 (Padres, Giants, A’s, Rangers, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Expos)
  • Vance Lovelace — LLWS: 1975 (Belmont Heights LL-Tampa, FL) — MLB: 1988-1990 (Angels, Mariners)
  • Charlie Hayes — LLWS: 1977 (Hub City LL-Hattiesburg, MS) — MLB: 1988-2001 (Giants, Phillies, Yankees, Rockies, Pirates, Brewers, Astros)
  • Dave Veres — LLWS: 1978 (Torrejon Air Base-Madrid, Spain) — MLB: 1994-2003 (Astros, Expos, Rockies, Cardinals, Cubs)
  • Erik A. Johnson — LLWS: 1978 (San Ramon Valley LL-Danville, CA) — MLB: 1993-1994 (Giants)
  • George Tsamis — LLWS: 1979 (Campbell LL-Campbell, CA) — MLB: 1993 (Twins)
  • Gary Sheffield — LLWS: 1980 (Belmont Heights LL-Tampa, FL) — MLB: 1988-2009 (Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, Tigers, Mets)
  • Derek Bell — LLWS: 1980, 1981 (Belmont Heights LL-Tampa, FL) — MLB: 1991-2001 (Blue Jays, Padres, Astros, Mets, Pirates)
  • Dan Wilson — LLWS: 1981 (Barrington LL-Barrington, IL) — MLB: 1992-2005 (Reds, Mariners)
  • Wilson Alvarez — LLWS: 1982 (Coquivacoa LL-Maracaibo, Venezuela) — MLB: 1989-2005 (Rangers, White Sox, Giants, Rays, Dodgers)
  • Marc Pisciotta — LLWS: 1983 (East Marietta National-Marietta, GA) — MLB: 1997-1999 (Cubs, Royals)
  • Jason Varitek — LLWS: 1984 (Almonte Springs National LL-Almonte Springs, FL) — MLB: 1997-2011 (Red Sox)
  • Jim Brower — LLWS: 1985 (East Tonka LL-Minnetonka, MN) — MLB: 1999-2007 (Cleveland, Expos, Giants, Braves, Orioles, Padres, Yankees)
  • David Cortes — LLWS: 1985 (Mexicali LL-Mexicali, Mexico) — MLB: 1999-2006 (Braves, Cleveland, Rockies)
  • Kevin Cash — LLWS: 1989 (Northside LL-Tampa, FL) — MLB: 2002-2010 (Blue Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees, Astros)
  • Jason Bay — LLWS: 1990 (Trail LL-Trail, BC, Canada) — MLB: 2003-2013 (Padres, Pirates, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners)
  • Chin-Feng Chen — LLWS: 1990 (San-Hua LL-Tainan County, Chinese Taipei) — MLB: 2002-2005 (Dodgers)
  • Jason Marquis — LLWS: 1991 (South Shore American-Staten Island, NY) — MLB: 2000-2015 (Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Twins, Padres, Reds)
  • Brian Esposito — LLWS: 1991 (South Shore American-Staten Island, NY) — MLB: 2007-2010 (Cardinals, Astros)
  • Sean Burroughs — LLWS: 1992, 1993 (Long Beach LL-Long Beach, CA) — MLB: 2002-2012 (Padres, Rays, Diamondbacks, Twins)
  • Guillermo Quiroz — LLWS: 1994 (Coquivacoa LL-Maracaibo, Venezuela) — MLB: 2004-2014 (Blue Jays, Mariners, Rangers, Orioles, Red Sox, Giants)
  • Yusmeiro Petit — LLWS: 1994 (Coquivacoa LL-Maracaibo, Venezuela) — MLB: 2006-2021 (Marlins, Diamondbacks, Giants, Nationals, Angels, A’s)
  • Jeff Frazier — LLWS: 1995 (Toms River LL-Toms River, NJ) — MLB: 2010 (Tigers)
  • Jeff Clement — LLWS: 1996 (Marshalltown National LL-Marshalltown, IA) — MLB: 2007-2012 (Mariners, Pirates)
  • Clete Thomas — LLWS: 1996 (R.L. Turner LL-Panama City, FL) — MLB: 2008-2013 (Tigers, Twins)
  • Adam Loewen — LLWS: 1996 (Kennedy-Surrey LL-Surrey, BC, Canada) — MLB: 2006-2016 (Orioles, Phillies, Diamondbacks)
  • Lastings Milledge — LLWS: 1997 (Manatee G.T. Brey East LL-Bradenton, FL) — MLB: 2006-2011 (Mets, Nationals, Pirates, White Sox)
  • Todd Frazier — LLWS: 1998 (Toms River American LL-Toms River, NJ) — MLB: 2011-2021 (Reds, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Pirates)
  • Lance Lynn — LLWS: 1999 (Brownsburg LL-Brownsburg, IN) — MLB: 2011-Present (Cardinals, Twins, Yankees, Rangers, White Sox)
  • Stephen Fife — LLWS: 1999 (South Central Boise LL-Boise, ID) — MLB: 2012-2014 (Dodgers)
  • Colby Rasmus — LLWS: 1999 (Phenix City National LL-Phenix City, AL) — MLB: 2009-2018 (Cardinals, Blue Jays, Astros, Rays, Orioles)
  • Cory Rasmus — LLWS: 1999 (Phenix City National LL-Phenix City, AL) — MLB: 2013-2016 (Braves, Angels)
  • Michael Saunders — LLWS: 1999 (Gordon Head LL-Victoria, BC, Canada) — MLB: 2009-2017 (Mariners, Blue Jays, Phillies)
  • Francisco Pena — LLWS: 2001 (Rolando Paulino LL-Bronx, NY) — MLB: 2014-2018 (Royals, Orioles, Cardinals)
  • Ruben Tejada — LLWS: 2001 (Activo 20-30 LL-Santiago, Panama) — MLB: 2010-2019 (Mets, Cardinals, Giants, Orioles)
  • Devon Travis — LLWS: 2003 (East Boynton Beach LL-Boynton Beach, FL) — MLB: 2015-2018 (Blue Jays)
  • Brady Rodgers — LLWS: 2003 (Lamar LL-Richmond, TX) — MLB: 2016-2019 (Astros)
  • Randal Grichuk — LLWS: 2003, 2004 (Lamar National LL-Richmond, TX) — MLB: 2014-Present (Cardinals, Blue Jays, Rockies)
  • Michael Conforto — LLWS: 2004 (Redmond North LL-Redmond, WA) — MLB: 2015-2021 (Mets)
  • Christian Bethancourt — LLWS: 2004 (Curundu LL-Panama City, Panama) — MLB: 2013-Present (Braves, Padres, A’s, Rays)
  • Jurickson Profar — LLWS: 2004 (Pabao LL-Willemstad, Curacao) — MLB: 2012-Present (Rangers, A’s Padres)
  • Jonathan Schoop — LLWS: 2004 (Pabao LL-Willemstad, Curacao) — MLB: 2013-Present (Orioles, Brewers, Twins, Tigers)
  • Max Moroff — LLWS: 2005 (Maitland LL-Maitland, FL) — MLB: 2016-2021 (Pirates, Cleveland, Cardinals)
  • Andrew Stevenson — LLWS: 2005 (Lafayette LL-Lafayette, LA) — MLB: 2017-2021 (Nationals)
  • Jace Fry — LLWS: 2006 (Murrayhill LL-Beaverton, OR) — MLB: 2017-2021 (White Sox)
  • Gavin Cecchini — LLWS: 2006 (South Lake Charles LL-Lake Charles, LA) — MLB: 2016-2017 (Mets)
  • Scott Kingery — LLWS: 2006 (Ahwatukee American LL-Phoenix, AZ) — MLB: 2018-2022 (Phillies)
  • Cody Bellinger — LLWS: 2007 (Chandler National LL-Chandler, AZ) — MLB: 2017-Present (Dodgers)
  • Cooper Hummel — LLWS: 2007 (Lake Oswego LL-Lake Oswego, OR) — MLB: Present-2022 is his first year (Diamondbacks)
  • Yonny Hernandez — LLWS: 2011 (Gran Maracay LL-Venezuela) — MLB: 2021-Present (Rangers, Diamondbacks)

Stats courtesy of LittleLeague.org and Baseball Reference

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