15 Little League World Series alums that made it to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame
Cleveland Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar makes an off-balance throw but fails to get Chicago White Sox batter Greg Norton at first base in the seventh inning of the Indians 6-2 win Wednesday, May 26, 1999, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
WINTER HAVEN, FL - MARCH 1986: Wade Boggs #26 of the Boston Red Sox posing during spring training in March 1986 in Winter Haven, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett (5) fields a grounder by Baltimore Orioles Rich Dauer in the fourth inning May 27, 1983, in Kansas City. Brett threw Dauer out at first base. (AP Photo. Pete Leabo)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton tips his cap as he acknowledges the applause from the crowd after passing Nolan Ryan for the all-time strike-out lead during game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia, Pa., June 8, 1983. Carlton's career total now stands at 3,526 after striking out 6 batters in the 2-1 loss. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
SAN DIEGO - UNDATED: Catcher Gary Carter #8 of the Montreal Expos waits for the call by the home plate umpire as he prevents Ozzie Smith #1 of the San Diego Padres from reaching home plate during a game circa 1978-1981 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1982: Pitcher Rollie Fingers #34 of Milwaukee Brewers leans on the batting cage watching batting practice before the start of a Major League Baseball game circa 1982. Fingers played for the Brewers from 1981-85. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
American baseball player Jim 'Catfish' Hunter (1946 - 1999) uses a fungo bat to hit ground balls to rookie pitchers during a spring training workout, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 26, 1980. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Baltimore pitcher Jim Palmer (22) delivers during a World Series game, Monday, Oct. 11, 1971, Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo)
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken fields a grounder during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, June 13, 1996, in Kansas City, Mo. Ripken is playing his 2,215th consecutive game to tie baseball's world record currently held by Sachio Kinugasa of Japan's Hiroshima Carp. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
California Angels Nolan Ryan fires the pitch that assured him of his 300th strikeout of the season last night as he pitches to Brewers Mike Hegan, Aug. 31, 1974, Milwaukee, Wisc. Ryan set a new all-time baseball record by throwing three consecutive seasons of 300 strikeouts. The angels won the game, 9-2. (AP Photo)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - 1982: Third baseman Mike Schmidt #20 of the Philadelphia Phillies loses his cap while attempting to field this high grounder at Veterans Stadium during the 1982 season in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - 1969: Tom Seaver #41 of the New York Mets pitches at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York in 1969. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 1977: Don Sutton #20 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the New York Yankees during the World Series at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY, in October of 1977. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - 1970: Carl Yastrzemski #8 of the Boston Red Sox slides into second base at County Stadium in the 1970s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 1984: Robin Yount #19 of the Milwaukee Brewers running to first base at County Stadium in September 1984 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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As you gear up for this year's Little League World Series, which is set to begin play Thursday, try not to put too much thought into the kids' stocks as future baseball phenoms. More than anything, the series exists to provide the players with a tremendous opportunity to have fun on the biggest stage.
But while a road to baseball stardom remains unlikely, it's worth bearing in mind that maybe -- just maybe -- this year's games could feature a one-day big leaguer.
In total, the event has played host to 54 future Major Leaguers. Fifteen of those participants went on to earn election into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame.
Those 15 are listed in the gallery above. Click through to find out whose young stardom lasted a lifetime, and watch the video below to see more on the most controversial little league story this year.