WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Three new statues were unveiled Sunday evening in Williamsport’s Market Square, including the 43rd President of the United States.
It’s part of a milestone anniversary of the Little League World Series.
To celebrate 75 years of the Little League World Series, the Williamsport Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce unveiled 3 new statues in market square: Cy Young, Jackie Robinson, and President George W. Bush.
“When I was playing little league baseball in the middle of Texas in the 1950s, never did I dream I would be so honored by little league baseball,” said President George W. Bush.
Hundreds of fans gathered to catch a first glimpse of the statues. One family traveled from Washington State for the series and were ecstatic to see President Bush in person.
“It’s amazing, I don’t know if he told you but our son’s named after him so his middle name is Walker,” said Leonie Rodarti.
“Yup, Major Walker,” added Mark Rodarti.
“Yeah, the guy’s that’s playing so it’s pretty cool that it’s the 75-year anniversary and our kid’s playing in it and the president’s here,” Leonie Rodarti said.
Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, who turned 100 years old in July, was also present and helped with the unveiling. Fans were excited to witness so much greatness in the city that birthed the world series.
“Pretty cool! I’ve only ever seen like one president before so it was pretty cool,” said Jack Kanaczet, fan, Rhode Island.
“It’s special and just being here as you can see the heavens opened us for us in the end and it looked like it might get rained out. So it was a fun time, I’m glad I came over,” said Donald Whiteman, fan, Massachusettes.
The chamber of commerce has been working on this project since 2014 which was funded by local businesses. Fans enjoyed being a part of a celebration that brought people together from around the world.
I’m sure people, a lot of them are from as far away as I am or farther. So it’s nice to see all these people from different places come together and have an opportunity to honor these folks,” said Corey Tobias, fan, Oregon.
The statue unveiling ceremony occurred a couple of hours before Sunday night’s major league baseball game at Williamsport’s Bowman Field.