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American Legion Baseball Teams Coming To Shelby
Eight teams of the best teen baseball players in the nation will bring their top game to Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium at Shelby High School for the 2012 American Legion World Series. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, and conclude with the championship on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
More than 86,000 tickets were purchased for the 2011 games in Shelby, setting a record for the American Legion World Series, which began in 1925. Shelby was granted the rights to the annual tournament beginning in 2011.
The large attendance in 2011 brought approximately $5 million into the local economy. Organizers are aiming higher for this year’s event. Ticket sales for the tournament and for the pretournament concerts have been brisk. Two concerts are scheduled: Christian artists Jamie Grace and MercyMe will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Country duo Montgomery Gentry will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
The American Legion World Series is run by the National American Legion office and Cleveland County ALWS Baseball, Inc. All aspects, from ticket sales and concessions to parking and field maintenance, are performed by volunteers. More than 600 volunteers are involved this year.
Keep up to date on the ALWS throughout the year at www.americanlegionworldseries.com. Tickets for reserved seats for 2013 go on sale Sept. 1. Tickets for the games and the two concerts are available by calling 704-466-3103 or through the above mentioned website.

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