Challenger Division

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EDfirstPitchBristol Sports Hall of Fame member Ed Beadsley, shown delivering the first pitch to officially kick off the “Challenger Division” of Little League Baseball in 1990 at Breen Field.On the right is “Dugout”, the official mascot of Little League Baseball. Dugout is congratulating the players as they are introduced to roaring ovations.

1990: Little League Baseball launches the first full season of the Challenger Division for mentally and physically disabled children. … Little League in now enjoyed by children in thirty-nine countries.

Sadly, Ed passed away in 2002. It is with great respect and admiration that the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame, on behalf children everywhere, we “Thank You.”