Bismarck to Host World Series


In a little over a year, Bismarck will roll out the red carpet to welcome the top 13-15-year-old baseball talent in the country to Municipal Ballpark, Home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field, to participate in the 2019 Babe Ruth League 13-15 World Series. The tournament is scheduled for August 8-15.  The Babe Ruth World Series is one of the largest youth sporting events in the country.

As the host community, the Bismarck Babe Ruth League will select its own 13-15 squad to compete in the event, which will also include eight regional champions from across the country and the North Dakota Babe Ruth 13-15 State Champion.  The competition will begin with pool play before advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine the World Series champion.

Bismarck has a rich baseball history. Thousands of Babe Ruth Baseball players have called the Municipal Ballpark their baseball field.  Additionally, several semi-pro leagues, including the Prairie League have called the Municipal Ballpark and Bismarck their baseball home

“Bismarck is a proud baseball community,” said Randy Bina, Executive Director of Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD).   “We have leaders within the Babe Ruth World that we consider great friends and organizers in our community. To take our baseball program to the next level and invite kids from around the country to Bismarck to play, is a dream come true for our community. Bismarck has hosted state and regional baseball tournaments. This is our first World Series event.”

“This is the type of community that is right for our kids,” Robert Faherty, Vice President of Babe Ruth League, said of Bismarck.  “A trip to the World Series can be the first time our players have been on an airplane or traveled out of their hometown. When our players get here, they will see a town like their own, where the people care about kids and put community first.  That’s why we are coming to Bismarck for the 13-15 World Series.”

Hosting the World Series will have an economic impact in Bismarck. There will be over 200 athletes in town, along with their families and friends. Area hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping outlets, gas stations, entertainment venues and other local businesses will experience direct spending from attendees.

Babe Ruth League, Inc. enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful and tradition-rich youth baseball and softball programs, said BRL President/CEO Steven Tellefsen.  “We are honored to bring our World Series to communities such as Bismarck that share our goal: to provide every youngster the opportunity to play the game and have fun doing so.  I encourage everyone to rally together in Bismarck in August of 2019 to welcome the teams and families from across America that will be participating in the 2019 Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series.”

As the tournament draws closer, more information on teams, game schedules and tickets will be posted on the BPRD website