Team: Little League, Intl.
Dugout is the official mascot of Little League Baseball and Softball. Dugout made its official debut back in 1985 and today continues to bring smiles and excitement to fans of all ages at Little League events. Dugout was created in 1985, by the Disney Company, and debuted at the Little League World Series that year. Mr. Bo Boyd, a senior executive at the Disney Company, and active member of the Little League Foundation Board of Trustees, offered to create the mascot for Little League. Mr. Walt Disney also served on the Little League Foundation Board of Trustees. Disney “imagineers” used Disney characters Winnie the Poo and Lady and the Tramp as inspiration in creating Dugout’s appearance. For thirty years, children and adults have debated about what animal Dugout is with most believing the famous mascot is a beaver, gopher, or a chipmonk. No one knows for sure. Dugout is more than just a mascot. It is a symbol of the values of Little League Baseball and Softball. It represents the fun, sportsmanship, and community that are at the heart of the game. Dugout is a role model for Little Leaguers everywhere, and it teaches them the importance of hard work, dedication, and teamwork. From its on-field antics and highly anticipated hugs and high-fives in the stands, Dugout is a fan favorite for visitors from all over the world at the Little League World Series each year.