The idea of American Legion Baseball originates on July 17, 1925, in Millbank, S.D. Sioux Falls attorney and South Dakota American Legion Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invites Maj. John L. Griffith to speak at the department convention. At the time, Griffith is commissioner of the Western Conference (later the Big Ten). A veteran of the Great War, he speaks to his fellow Legionnaires about the importance of athletics in the development of youth. That leads to the establishment of the first American Legion Baseball teams that summer in South Dakota, although Milbank would not have its own team until later. The idea spreads quickly across the nation, and a resolution at the 1925 national convention in Omaha in October makes it a national program, set to begin in 1926. On Oct. 15, 1926, a team from Cook Post 321 in Yonkers, NY, defeats a team from Pocatello, Idaho, to win the first American Legion Baseball World Series, in Philadelphia. Cost of the program, however, leads to a one-year suspension, until funds from Major League Baseball are obtained to stand it up again the following year. The Depression would later force Major League Baseball to withdraw its funding, and a network of newspapers across the country covered the cost. Professional baseball resumed its financial support in 1935. By the 100th anniversary of The American Legion, the baseball program started by veterans would send no fewer than 77 players to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. In 2009, the American Legion World Series would be streamed online for the first time. By 2017, the entire tournament would be aired and streamed by EPSN.