The greatest solar eclipse in American history — you might have read something about that — is headed straight for us, but the kids will play on.
The Little League World Series has plans for the event, which will be the first in Series history, even though the path of totality will pass south of its Williamsport, Pa., location on the afternoon of Aug. 21.
Still, even a partial solar eclipse must be respected, so organizers plan to hand out about 30,000 pairs of glasses, certified by the American Association of Ophthalmology as safe for looking at the sun (which one should NOT DO without special eyewear), to fans who enter the complex. Players and managers also will be given the glasses, which will not be worn on the field, Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain told PennLive.com.
Both the Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer stadiums are lighted, so officials plan to turn on the lights to allow play to continue when the eclipse begins in central Pennsylvania at around 1:14 p.m. It will reach the point of greatest darkness there at around 2:38 p.m., winding up at around 3:56 p.m.
There’ll be a full slate of games on Aug. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. The tournament runs Aug. 17-27.
And if it rains, well, that’s another matter.