Tuesday, March 25, 2014

First Little League World Series championship team in 1947 member Dr. Walter Dunston Passes

Dr. Walter Thurston Dunston
(LLB Photo)
Dr. Walter Thurston Dunston, a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League team from Williamsport, Pa., that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship in 1947, passed away on March 9. He was 78.

As an 11-year-old, the future Dr. Dunston was a part of the Maynard Midgets team that defeated, Lock Haven Little League, 16-7, in the final game of what the inaugural Little League World Series Tournament, then known as the National Little League Tournament.

Walter Dunston was a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League® team from Williamsport that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series in 1947. Dr. Dunston is considered one of the first three African Americans to play Little League Baseball, along with his older brother, Joe, and George Whaley.

Walter Dunston was a member of the 
Maynard Midgets Little League® team 
from Williamsport that won the 
first Little League Baseball® 
World Series in 1947.
(LLB Photo)
Born on June 3, 1935, in Williamsport, Dr. Dunston was the second of four children born to Dr. Joseph Nelson Dunston and Christine Elizabeth Thurston. A graduate of Williamsport Area High School and Lycoming College (in Williamsport), Dr. Dunston later attended the Temple Dental School in Philadelphia. He received his Doctorate in Dentistry in 1960, before entering the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Dr. Dunston resided in Philadelphia and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1990 after 32 years of service. In 2012, he was inducted in to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, West Branch, for basketball.

Dr. Dunston is survived by his wife, Constance; daughters, Michelle and Connie, sons Walter and Mark; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and friends.

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