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Pony Baseball is a program of service to youth; it is geared to provide an outlet of healthy
activity ad training under good leadership in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation.
The movement is dedicated to helping adolescents become good and decent citizens. It strives to
inspire them with goals and to enrich their lives toward the day when they must take their place in the
world. It establishes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play,
In the summer of 1951, PONY Baseball began with the organization of the Pony League in
Washington, PA. On June 8th, 6 managers participated in the first player "auction." More than 130 boys
were purchased at that auction.
Now nearly 30,000 teams, over 450,000 players, and 4,000 leagues make up Pony Baseball in
almost 30 different countries.
PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. The concept for the name originally came
from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood
Youth," but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950's "Neighborhood" was
switched to "Nation's."
As the organization passes more than 50 years, the tradition of
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