South Carolina Baseball
The Newberry and Chapin communities will host a celebration of the Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball national championship team on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 4 pm in downtown Newberry at Memorial Park. (Adjacent to the Newberry Opera House- Main St, Newberry)
Players and coaches will be saluted by leaders from Newberry and Chapin, plus the national championship trophy and banners will be displayed. After the ceremony, the American Legion baseball champions will be available for autographs. A limited number of souvenir baseballs and pictures will be available.
"We're so proud of the team and their great accomplishments" said Robert Livingston of American Legion Post 24. "This will be a fun, festive celebration, and we encourage people to come celebrate with the team."
On September 7, the Chapin-Newberry team will be in the Chapin Labor Day Parade, riding with American Legion members and World War II veterans. The parade starts at 9:30 am.
Chapin-Newberry defeated Louisiana 9-2 to win the national championship, becoming the first team from South Carolina to win the American Legion championship since Spartanburg in 1936. Leading up to the championship, the South Carolina champions rallied to win three games in the late innings to advance to the World Series finale. Their rally to beat Connecticut tied for the biggest comeback in World Series history. South Carolina also defeated perennial-powers Michigan and Oregon in the World Series.
Chapin-Newberry finished the regular season undefeated and then swept the state tournament in Sumter to win the state championship, becoming the first Newberry-based team to be South Carolina champions. Chapin-Newberry then swept the Southeastern regional tournament in Asheboro, NC to advance to the World Series in Shelby, NC. They were the first unbeaten team to make the World Series since 1963.