Many of us have played Little League baseball it’s almost seen as a rite of passage for young Americans. Little League baseball is as red as it gets, along with mom and apple pie. Some of the biggest names in the world played Little League Baseball, such as Presidents George W Bush, Adam Sandler and Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

Singer Jason Aldean played a little league and was offered a baseball scholarship, turning it down to pursue a singing career. Bruce Springsteen and Brent Musberger both recount little league as some of their fondest memories. And if you think little league is just for boys, think again, with the stars Julia Stiles and Elizabeth Banks both played minor league baseball in their youth.

Of course, not everyone who plays in the minor leagues makes it to the World Series. That list is dwindling very quickly, but there are still some notable names outside of baseball who have played on the league’s biggest stages.

National Football League Players Matt Cassel, Jake Fromm, Gale Gilbert, Billy Hunter, Jack Losch, Trey Quinn, Turk Schonert, Brian Sipe and Julian Vandervelde all appeared in the LLWS when they were young.

The National Hockey League is represented by players such as Chris Drury, Ray Ferraro, Stephane Matteau and Pierre Turgeon who have all taken the field in Williamsport.

Mo’ne Davis was one of two girls to play in the 2014 Little League World Series and was the first girl to win and throw a shutout in Little League World Series history. The 18th girl overall and sixth to earn a nod, Mo’ne was the first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a Little Leaguer.

Champion NASCAR driver Austin Dillon played in the 2002 World Series while on the team representing Forsyth County, North Carolina.

Former US women’s national hockey player and current scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Krissy Wendell was the first girl to start out as an attraction when she played for Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in the 1994 World Series.

However, the names you’ll recognize from the LLWS are the ones who went on to play in the MLB. Interestingly, there are only three players who have ever appeared in the Little League World Series, the College World Series, and the MLB World Series: pitcher Ed Vosberg, outfielder Michael Conforto and catcher Jason Varitek

Here is a list of notable MLB players who started in the Minor League World Series.

  • Wilson Alvarez
  • Jim Barbieri
  • Jason Bay
  • Derek Bell
  • Cody Bellinger
  • Christian Bethancourt
  • Larvell Blanks
  • Jim Brower
  • Sean Burroughs
  • Kevin Cash
  • Gavin Cecchini
  • Chin-Feng Chen
  • Jeff Clement
  • Michael Comfort
  • Billy Connors
  • David Cortes
  • Stephen Fife
  • Jeff Frazier
  • Todd Frazier
  • Jace Fry
  • Randal Grichuk
  • Ben Hayes
  • Charlie Hayes
  • Yonny Hernandez
  • Ken Hubbs
  • Erik Johnson
  • Scott Kingery
  • Keith Lampard
  • Carney Lansford
  • Adam Loewen
  • Vance Lovelace
  • Lance Lynn
  • Lloyd McClendon
  • Lastings Milledge
  • Bobby Mitchell
  • Max Moroff
  • Jim Pankovits
  • Francis Pena
  • Yusmeiro Petit
  • Marc Pisciotta
  • Arch Powell
  • Nick Pratto
  • Yohel Pozo
  • Jurickson Profar
  • William Quiroz
  • Colby Rasmus
  • Kori Rasmus
  • Brady Rodgers
  • Michael Saunders
  • Jonathan Schoop
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Andrew Stevenson
  • Carl Taylor
  • Ruben Tejada
  • Clete Thomas
  • Hector Torres
  • Devon Travis
  • Carlos “Bobby” Trevino
  • George Tsamis
  • Jason Varitek
  • Dave Veres
  • Ed Vosberg
  • Dan Wilson
  • Rick Wise

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