1951—Elgin’s first Little League is formed and given the name “Elgin National”. Orlow Davis of the United Civic Association heads organizing group. First try-outs at Wing Park drew over 1,000 boys, competing for spots on the four original teams of Cardinals, Hawks, Indians, and Tigers. Jacque Keeney’s Tigers win first league championship.
1952—Elgin National moved to Channing Park.
1956—Elgin American build its own park across Summit Street. ENLL took sole possession of areas on south side of street. All games in 1956 were broadcast on radio. Keeney’s Tigers took 5th title in six years.
1958—Concession stand and facilities were constructed. The field dedicated to Otto Norman and Benny Hoffman, two league founders, named “Norman-Hoffman Field.” The post season Fred Hamm Tournament (now known as the “Hamm’s Memorial Tournament of Champions”) began, bringing area champions together.
1959—Hawks became first ENLL team to win Hamm’s Tournament. ENLL All-Stars win state championship.
1960—ENLL minor division expanded to six teams.
1961—ENLL major division expanded to six teams adding Dodgers and Giants.
1962—Tigers won 9th title in 12 years.
1963—Headed by Dean Gray, lights on major diamond were installed.
1965—ENLL expanded minors to 8 teams, plus two farm teams.
1966—Minor division expanded to 12 teams
1968—Major division expanded to 8 teams with them addition of the Angels and Mets. Minors reach their limit at 16 teams, creating two 8 team divisions.
1971—Mike Bailey’s Cardinals won their first ever league title and launched a record breaking 27 game winning streak. Hamm’s tourney won by Cards.
1972—Dodgers become the 2nd ENLL team in a row to win Hamm’s.
1973—Tigers win Hamm’s tournament, making ENLL the second league to retire the Hamm’s trophy by winning three straight tournaments.
1974—Girls softball added to league. Keeney’s Tigers set new win streak to 38 games.
1975—During the League’s 25th anniversary season, Mike Bailey’s Major boys All-Stars and Yvonne Neisler’s Major girls All-Stars win Illinois State tournaments to become state champions.
1976—Meeting/storage room was added to concession stand.
1978—Giants became 7th ENLL winners of Hamm’s Tourney.
1979—Bob Nelson’s Major boys All-Stars win State Championship, our 3rd state title.
1982—Gary Hewitt’s Major boys finished 3rd in state; Cardinals repeated as League champs.
1983—Tball was added as a separate division, meeting on Saturday mornings. Two teams were formed—the red team and the blue team.
1985—Minor league teams were reorganized into Eastern and Western divisions. ENLL hosted the Major boys State tournament; our Major boys took 2nd in the state. Giants won the Hamm’s.
1986—New light poles installed in preparation of moving fence back on major diamond. Senior girls softball added, Giants won 3rd straight title.
1987—Fences on major diamond were moved back to tournament dimensions. Tom O’Herron’s 10 year old All-Stars took 1st place in first ever 10-year old tournament in Streamwood. Paul Britto’s Indians won league title and Hamm’s tourney.
1988-Senior girls took 2nd state. 10 year olds repeated as champions in Streamwood’s tournament
1989—Organized Tball teams began playing scheduled games. Howie Bierman’s Senior girls softball team won state title. Dean Lane’s major boys place 3rd in state.
1990—ENLL celebrates its 40th season. State of the art scoreboard installed on diamond #1. Angels won 3rd straight championship.
1991—Diamond #2 was expanded and equipped with lights. League celebrates 40th anniversary with commemorative pin. Joe Cecala’s Cardinals won 7th league title and Hamm’s tourney, retiring the trophy for ENLL a second time.
1992—12 year old All-Stars won Area Tournament. Angels and Cardinals split the Co-Champion League Title. Big League Girls All Star team won State Championship and went on to the regional Tournament at South Bend, Indiana, where they came in 2nd. Second storage shed built on field for equipment, new scoreboard put up n Filed 2, and an announcer’s booth on Field 2.
1993—Major Girls’ All-Stars and Big League Girls won State Championship in their respective divisions. Bartlett Bluejays won the Hamm’s tournament.
1994—Big League girls won Illinois State and advance to the World Series to place 4th in the nation. Bartlett Bluejays won the Hamm’s tournament. 9-10 Girl’s All-Stars finish 2nd in the state. Junior boys All-Stars finish 2nd in the state.
1995—Big League Girls win Illinois State and advance to World Series to place 3rd in the nation. 9-10 girls All-Stars finish 3rd in the state.
1996—Major Girls finish 2nd in the state. 9-10 girls All-Stars finish 3rd in the state. The Major boys A’s win the Hamm’s tournament. National host its first ever central States Major Girls tournament.
1997—The major girls finish second to national finalist Brookfield in the Illinois state championship. Tball division expands to add Instructional League for 5-6 year olds.
1998—Improvements include a paved picnic area and covered sandbox for small children. A’s win third consecutive major boys championship while Marlins win third consecutive major girls title. First ever 11-year old boys invitational all-star tournament organized and held at Elgin National.
1999-Ron Banwart’s Junior Brooklyn Dodgers win the Junior League Metro Championship for the first time for Elgin National.
2000-Elgin National celebrates 50th Anniversary, welcoming back former players, coaches and Board Members to Opening Day. Former ENLL coach and now Mayor Ed Shock throws out the first pitch.
2001-Mike Bailey’s Junior Cardinals win the Junior League Metro Championship. Senior Girls Softball win State Tournament.
2002-Junior Cardinals win Metro League Championship again, going undefeated with a 29-0 record. Junior Boys All-Stars made it to State Tournament, finishing 3rd.
2004-Majors Girls Softball won the District 13 tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament.
2005-Juniors Girls Softball won the District 13 tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament.
2006-Elgin National host its 50th Hamms Tournament, the second longest running Little League Tournament. Players from all teams receive special hats and pins. Seniors Girls Softball Team won the District 13 Tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament.
2007-Seniors Girls Softball Team won the District 13 Tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament. Big League Girls Softball Team are State Champions and play in the Central Region Tournament.
2009-Juniors Girls Softball won the Section 3 Tournament to go on to the State Tournament. Seniors Girls Softball Team won the District 13 Tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament.
2010-Boys Majors now moves to 50/70 format and coverts Field #1 to 50/70 infield-Tigers, Reds and Phillies are the 50/70 teams completing in the Metro League. Elgin American Little League disbands and now becomes Elgin National. Elgin National now consists of the fields both South and North of Summitt Street. Elgin National celebrates its 60th Anniversary serving the children of Elgin. Junior Dodgers win Metro League Championship posting a 27-6 record.
2011-Juniors Girls Softball won the District 13 Tournament to go on to the Sectional Tournament. Big League Girls Softball Team are State Champions and play in the Central Region Tournament.
2013-Elgin National is chosen for Big League Softball Central States Regional Tournament. New scoreboard is installed on Field #2, and the Joe Sandman Field sign is presented to the family at the tournament. New Joe Sandman sign will be installed for 2014 Opening day. Junior Boys Cardinals win Metro League Championship. Hamms Tournament is won by the Elgin National Indians. Seniors Girls Softball are District 13 Champions.
2014-Junior Boys Baseball team won District Championship.
2015- Junior Boys Baseball team won District Championship. ENLL Celebrates 65th anniversary.
2016-New lights installed on Softball field and common areas around the fields are paved to provide for easier access to patrons.
2017-Senior Boys Yankees win District TOC.