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June 18th 2014:Changing the World – Bob Lutz, League 42

Bob Lutz, founder of League 42 Wichita joins The Mickey Ellison Show to discuss how League 42 is changing the world for young men through baseball. Young men who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play baseball in the new world of academy sports and expensive specialized training. Many of the characteristics that create a successful society such as perseverance, honesty, character, and love can be learned in youth sports, but we are losing the very kids that youth sports can help because adults have taken youth sports over after seeing that there is much money to be made off of pare

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Bob Lutz (League 42)

For many years, organized baseball has been absent from many of Wichita’s inner city neighborhoods. While a small percentage of the underprivileged youth from those neighborhoods found a way to participate in distant leagues, a majority of those youth never got the opportunity to dig in at the plate, toe the rubber … or learn to love America’s true pastime. Wichita is not alone in this disheartening situation. For two generations, the percentage of minority youth who play baseball has steadily dropped throughout the nation. This trend has even affected Major League Baseball. After seeing African-American players fill 30% of its teams’ rosters in the 1970s, that percentage dropped to just
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