President's Welcome

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to provide a quality baseball program for the youth of the Bartonville area. The program provides both a recreational outlet and a fundamental instructional program to develop players to excel for Limestone Community High School when they come of age.  Participation in our program instills positive values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and community involvement.

We are pleased you are visiting the website of Limestone Youth Baseball in Bartonville, Illinois.  Our organization started in 1954 and continues to thrive due to the support of our players, families, and the community.  We are home based at Limestone Community High School and are hometown to major league baseball players Jim Thome, Mike Dunne, Brandon Wikoff, and Seth Schwindenhammer. 

Bryan Newby 
President, Limestone Youth Baseball


Origin of LYBB - the First 50 Years (Part 1)

Limestone Independent News (Jerry Rapp) May 19, 2004

It all started 50 years ago on a rough little softball diamond down behind the Keystone plant in south Bartonville. Consequently, the Limestone Youth Baseball Program has a Golden Anniversary to celebrate, a fact that caught its officers and directors by surprise. Out of a struggling, but enthusiastic, four-team Bartonville Little League emerged today's Youth Program that involves approximately 400 players on 33 in-house teams in five age-tiered leagues, as well as four travel teams.

Origin of LYBB - the First 50 Years (Part 2)

Limestone Independent News (Jerry Rapp) May 26, 2004

This is sort of a 50-50 column this week.

Before I conclude last weeks’ story on the 50th anniversary of the Limestone Youth Baseball program, I want to point out that Limestone High School had its first graduation ceremony 50 years ago, and at least one of those graduates was on hand at this year’s ceremony.