Legion baseball season canceled

Mon 5-11-2020

DANUBE – The American Legion baseball season has been canceled.

The American Legion Department of Minnesota Executive Committee, Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee, and Minnesota American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak met in a video conference Saturday and canceled the season out of concerns for safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then on Sunday, the American Legion National Headquarter suspended all of the remaining 25 states from American Legion play this summer.

Minnesota has the most American Legion baseball teams in the country. There were 366 teams in 2019 and 357 had signed up for 2020.

Participation in Minnesota American Legion baseball dates back to 1923, with the first state tournament being held in Mankato in 1926. There has been Legion baseball every year since then, making Minnesota one of only three states with a continuous string of tournaments.

The American Legion World Series scheduled for August and the eight regional tournaments leading up to that were canceled last month.