15 Little League World Series alums that made it to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame
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)
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)
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.