Sandlot America was originally founded as a baseball tournament in 1995 in sunny Florida. Mitch Sacks, its creator had envisioned a tournament that would be held during the Christmas holiday season in Florida, attracting teams from all over the country. That year we had 72 teams playing five divisions for the week long tournament guaranteeing all teams with five games. Sandlot America fulfilled this role for two years.
Sandlot America then entered its second phase. Sacks along with Paul Kennedy created the Sandlot America publication in January 2003, which covered the grass roots of baseball at the amateur level. In January 2004 Sandlot America kicked off the first season of the online publication. The publication stopped in December 2007.
Sack’s ultimate goal is to create a premier baseball complex for amateur players. All diamonds would feature grass infields with lighting and all top of the line amenities so that it would attract teams and tournaments from all around the country. With these amenities the complex would be able to host major tournaments for all age levels. This would include both youth and high school baseball.
Sandlot America Umpire Association is now running Baseball Tournaments in the South. Just one tournament in 2018 (July 19-22). The tournament will be held in the Savannah, GA., Hilton Head, SC area and everywhere in between. It is a destination tournament with plenty do do beside playing baseball. The beach is only 30 minutes away from Historic Savannah.
Picture at top of page is Paul Kennedy in Ft. Myers, Florida at the Roy Hobbs World Series.