Scown Award


Little League Baseball lost an icon and a legend in the spring of 2017, with the passing of Jim Scown. Scown was a career Butte miner who was well known for his work at Northwest Little League in Butte. He served as the league president for 26 years from 1970 to 1995. In 1988, the Northwest Little League field on Copper Street was renovated and named “Scown Field” in his honor. In 2016, Montana Little League District 2 created the Jim Scown Distin-guished Little League Graduate Award in his honor.

Mr. Scown helped begin girls’ Little League softball in Montana in 1974. He was the first league president to provide girls’ softball in the Pacific Northwest, and he is credited with being a pioneer of the sport. During his tenure as president, the girls’ teams at Northwest won nine state titles. Scown served as an officer of District 2 Little League for 21 years. He served many years as a coach of all sports at the grade school level in Butte schools. Scown’s tenure at the Northwest Little League began in 1954 as an umpire. He started coaching in 1965 with the Ossello’s club. During his own playing days, Scown participated in fast pitch softball. In 2005, Scown was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Butte Buzzies football team. In addition to his work pioneering girls’ fast pitch softball in Montana, Scown developed the venue known as “Scown Field” in Butte. Once a mine dump, under the shadows of the Anselmo Mine Headframe, Mr. Scown persevered throughout the years using volunteer labor, neighborhood improvement programs, and all of his heart, to create a “field of dreams” that youngsters in the State of Montana can play Little League Baseball and Softball. The facility is the host to the 2017 Little League Baseball Championship Tournament. “Whether it be in Little League, school sports, or in the community, Jim was a champion for improving the opportunities and lives of all children and our community no matter what your name was, where you lived, or how rich or poor your family was,” Miller said. “His hard work, determination, and vision set the bar high for others to strive to live up to.”
Many of Mr. Scown’s former players have come back to the program to volunteer and help spread Little League’s message of character, loyalty, and courage.

The Jim Scown Distinguished Little League Graduate Award was created in order to recognize those individuals who have come back to the program to help the pro-gram continue to flourish. Additionally, the award honors those that live out the examples of character, loyalty, and courage in their everyday lives. Establishing this award is just a small down payment on all the thanks that the former and current participants in Montana Little League District 2 owes to this man. It was once said that “Heroes are remembered, Legends live forever!” Jim Scown is a legend we are fortunate to have benefitted from.

Max Cannon is the 2018 recipient of the Jim Scown Distinguished Little League Graduate Award. Max is a fixture at Clawson Complex. Max began his Little league career at Mt. Sentinel, in 1970, when he was 10 years old. He played his entire Little League career at Mt. Sentinel through Senior Baseball until he played three years for the American Legion’s Missoula Mavericks. Max began his volunteer work with Mt. Sentinel and Montana District 2 in 1980, where he has held almost every position from Umpire-in-Chief, to Board Member, to equipment manager. His umpire career has seen him attend the Western Region Umpire Acade-my as well as the Advanced Umpire Academy. He is also an instructor at the Western Region Umpire Outreach Clinics. Each year, Max’s season starting umpire clinic is usually the most attended clinic of the year. His tourna-ment experience includes several Western Regional Tourna-ments along with the Senior Softball World Series. This year, Max has been selected to umpire the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon. Max is a member of the Big Sky Blues Umpire Association as well as an umpire with the American Legion Baseball program.
Outside of the Little League world, Max is very active in his community. He referees everything from flag football to basketball. He currently works at Bob Ward’s where you can always stop in and share stories with him.
Max sets the example of what it means to “give back” to Little League. When you talk to Max, he always talks about the friend-ships and positive experiences he has had with Little League. He talks about it “being an honor” to be part of the program. Montana Little League District 2 is honored to have Max as a part of our Little League family.

2016 - Meg Murphy (Butte)
2017 - Keith Marr (Great Falls)
2018 - Max Cannon (Missoula)

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Montana Little League District 2

Keith Miller, 1925 S. Jackson Street
Butte, Montana 59701

Phone: 406-498-2640

Email: [email protected]