Friday, October 18, 2013

The History of the Little League World Series

www.LittleLeagueNow.org Photo (2012)
By Michael Clarke | www.Active.com
It began with midgets.

In 1947, some nine years after Carl Stotz had officially created Little League Baseball, the Maynard Midgets of Stotz' and Little League's hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, defeated a team from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to become the first Little League World Series champion.

Six years later the National Little League Tournament, as the series was then called, had grown from a regional tournament for leagues from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to a national television event carried by CBS and presided over by a young Manhattan lawyer by the name of Howard Cosell.

Staying true to its core values of free admission and volunteer stewardship -- two policies that continue to this day -- the Little League World Series exploded in popularity both here and abroad during the '50s and '60s. Teams from Venezuela, Spain, Chinese Taipei and Berlin entered the Little League World Series for the first time, and in 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the week of June 14 "National Little League Week."

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