Taylor Field executive director Jim Hill is "99.9 percent" certain the legendary Pine Bluff baseball facility will once again host a Babe Ruth World Series.

Taylor Field executive director Jim Hill is "99.9 percent" certain the legendary Pine Bluff baseball facility will once again host a Babe Ruth World Series.


Hill will take part in a teleconference along with Babe Ruth Baseball officials Thursday, adding he knows of no other reason officials would want to talk with him then except to announce that Pine Bluff will be granted hosting rights for the 2015 Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series. It would be the sixth time Taylor Field would host such an event for baseball, and it would coincide with the field’s 75th anniversary.


Hill spoke about Pine Bluff’s prospects of welcoming back the tournament during Monday’s city council meeting. He added he’s already going to businesses around town asking for financial support.


Hill said he asked Babe Ruth Baseball officials to be considered for the tournament, adding officials usually favor tournament locations they’re not familiar with. Pine Bluff is no stranger to the World Series, having hosted the 15-year-old event in 1972, 1975, 1994, 1998 and 2003 at Taylor Field, according to Hill. Taylor Field also hosted the 2000 12-under softball World Series.


Babe Ruth Baseball also dropped the requirement of cities providing 75 host families for 15-under tournaments, which helped Pine Bluff remain in consideration, Hill added.


"Most of the parents want to keep their kids in a hotel anyway, but the kids like being with host families," Hill said.


Hill requested that Pine Bluff be allowed three host teams for the 2015 tournament if selected, one each from the Northern, White Hall and Seabrook leagues.