Longview, Washington is ready to host its third Babe Ruth World Series event. The Bambino Series was held in 1990 and the 1997 Babe Ruth 13-15 Series came to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Ideally situated between Seattle and Portland, Longview offers residents a comfortable, rural lifestyle rich with opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Residents are removed from urban congestion and problems, yet are within an easy drive of the big Northwest cities.
Longview residents are proud of their tradition and heritage. A planned city, Longview was founded by Robert A. Long, who purchased 14,000 acres of Columbia River valley to build a lumber mill and accompanying town. Construction began in 1922 and by 1927 the town was mostly complete. Today, Mr. Long’s vision has become reality, a unique blending of commercial, industrial and residential interests benefiting the entire area.
17 of the city’s buildings are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Longview Register. The Longview Civic Center is a National Register Historic District. The Longview Public Library, Monticello Hotel and the Longview Main Post Office are examples of the classically influenced architecture found in the city.
The 2001 14-year-old World Series is also being hosted by the folks in the neighboring city of Kelso. Kelso features a large shopping mall, a historic downtown train depot and the World Series Hotel.
In Longview-Kelso, you are always close to a great outdoor experience. There are over 400 acres of public parks including the crown jewel Lake Sacajawea-a 1 1/2 mile-long park in the heart of the city. The area is well known for it’s fishing, hiking and boating.
As the gateway to the Mount St. Helens National Monument, the area has five visitor centers along the Spirit Lake memorial Highway leading into the blast zone.
The Babe Ruth World Series will be played at David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College. Seating for the Series will be increased to 5,000. The ballpark features an Astro-Turf infield and natural grass outfield. The World Series dimensions will be 310 feet down the lines and 370 feet to center.
The Longview World Series Committee was formed back in 1989. The group of volunteers put together Longview-Kelso’s successful 1990 and 1997 events and look forward to another great event in 2001.
The Babe Ruth World Series Headquarters hotel will be the Red Lion Inn in Kelso. It’s located at 510 Kelso Drive in Kelso, 98626.