Town of Newburgh Little League History
The Town of Newburgh Little League was formed on June 26, 1968 but the first games were not played until May of 1969. That first year there were 164 kids playing on 4 Major League and 6 Minor League teams. In 1970, a Senior League was formed and then in 1976 the softball program was added.
For the first years, the league played on borrowed fields. Then in 1972, the league purchased 32 acres of land on Lakeside Road. Click here for Map. It took about 2 years to clear and level the land. All of the work was done by volunteers. On June 2, 1974 the complex was dedicated. It consisted of 4 fields and one concession stand. Three games were played that day and the fields have seen many, many games since that first day.
In the 1980's, our complex was host of the Eastern Regional Tournament games for the Major division of Little League. This is the age 11 - 12 group. The winner of these games went to the Little League World Series that are held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The complex also grew in size by adding three more fields and another building. There were two fields with 60' base paths and one field with 90' base paths.
The complex added an eighth field in 2002 for our TBall players. This field is smaller than all of our others and helps our youngest ball players learn the game of baseball and softball on a field suited to them.
The league - board members, volunteers, players - and the complex - fields, buildings - has undergone many changes since that first day but the one thing that has and will stay constant is that this is a program for the children of the Town of Newburgh Little League. They are the only reason why this program exists.