For the past several years the annual Dizzy Dean Little League World Series baseball tournament has given Southaven a major economic boost.
Every year this tournament brings in big dollars, which translates into big business for the third largest city in the Magnolia State.
The 2013 tournament, which starts Saturday, is expected generate an estimated $10 million.
John Hammond, coach of the Kennessaw Generals, made the trip from Georgia ... again.
"This is my third time here in Southaven and it's a beautiful place to play baseball," he said. "From our particular team, we have 11 players so we have 11 families coming down. Our age group there are 20 teams, all together from all over the Southeast."
One hundred little league teams, coaches and fans will call Snowden Grove Park's and Greenbrook Park's diamonds home for the next five days.
"Well the hotel for each family, they are spending between $120-$150 a night, that's five nights," Hammond said. "Plus all of the restaurants, we're probably $1,500-$1,800 for the five nights to play baseball."
Add that to this: in between the games, you can bet the parents and kids will be doing some shopping. They'll have to gas up their vehicle to get around, and they'll have to buy snacks for the kids, translating big money for baseball, and a grand slam for the city of Southaven.
"Just the love of playing baseball, this is my second go around of this, just love doing this," Hammond said. "The camaraderie of the team, and traveling around and seeing different places and playing baseball."
The Dizzy Dean World Series is scheduled to stay in Southaven through 2019.
2013 Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series: http://dizzydeanbbinc.org/bb_world_series.htm
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