THE HISTORY OF
GREATER LOUDOUN BABE RUTH
The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth (GLBR) League has been serving the youth of Loudoun County, Virginia, since 1956.
The League began with a 13-15 Year-olds Division. Since then, GLBRL has extended opportunities to play Babe Ruth Baseball to more youth by adding a Babe Ruth 16-18 Year-olds Division.
Over the years, the Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth League has hosted numerous District, State, Regional, and World Series tournaments. For the most part before 1995, players were required to be housed for State tournaments and above. Greater Loudoun set the standard for accomplishing this task – over and over again.
In 1997, the League raised about half a million dollars to renovate Fireman’s Field in Purcellville in preparation for hosting the 1998 16-Year-olds World Series. World Series participants in 2001 (16-18s), 2004 (16s), and 2007 (13s) have taken away many fond memories from this “Field of Dreams” in northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley. In 2010, the 15-Year-olds came to Purcellville as Greater Loudoun BRL hosted its fifth World Series.
From the perspective of the Babe Ruth Leagues of Virginia, the Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth League is one of a select few leagues in the Commonwealth that are considered to be “go-to” leagues when there is a hosting crisis, be it at the State, Region, or World Series level.
GLBR was the first league to be inducted into the Babe Ruth League South East Region Hall of Fame in October 2009.
In 2013 Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth's 13-15 Year Olds team won the Babe Ruth 13-15 Year Old World Series right here in Loudoun County. This marked the first time a host team had ever won the Babe Ruth World Series.