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Monday, April 29, 2013 7:26 PM

You’re out! Babe Ruth disbanded

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer

Shelby Rockhold slides into home to score on a passed ball for the Babe Ruth All-Stars East team August 2011 at Harvey M. Drake Field. The Babe Ruth League, organized for 9- to 15-year-old youth, is disbanding now after more than 40 years of baseball in the area. (File photo/The Ottawa Herald)

After more than 40 years in Ottawa, Babe Ruth League baseball appears to be heading for a permanent seat in the dugout.

Following the latest chapter in an on-going boundary dispute regarding players’ eligibility, the league board’s vice president said the 43-year-old Ottawa tradition will disband before the 2013 summer season. And while he’s disappointed at the plans, Ben Evans said aspiring George Bretts or Billy Butlers need not fear a lack of competition in Ottawa, Evans added.

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