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The History Of The Little League World Series

Updated on January 11, 2010
The History Of The Little League World Series
The History Of The Little League World Series

America’s Pastime

Every Spring and Summer, young boys and girls around the world put on new uniforms, oil their gloves and head out to the local baseball field. On baseball fields all over the world, young people learn about teamwork, personal achievement and physical conditioning while enjoying what is America’s pastime. Some of the kids win and some of the kids lose. But the main thing is that everyone has fun.

However, some of the kids who show enough skill and talent will make their local All Star Team. Win enough games in the All Star tournament and the game becomes more than just a pastime. The game becomes a dream. A dream to reach the pinnacle of Little League baseball; the Little League World Series.

The Little League World Series Was First Played In 1947
The Little League World Series Was First Played In 1947

Welcome To Williamsport

The Little League World Series is a baseball tournament held for 11 and 12 year olds every August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In total, there are eight separate "World Series" tournaments for youths, but the tournement held in Williamsport is considered the actual Little League World Series.

Williamsport hosts the Little League World Series for the simple reason that organized Little League baseball was founded in the township in 1939. The first Little League World Series was held in 1947 and featured four teams from around Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In that game, the Maynard Midgets of Williamsport defeated the Lock Haven All Stars 16-7. More than 2500 spectators enjoyed the game which gave the game and organized little league baseball visibility and popularity. Since 1947, the World Series and Little League Baseball has grown by leaps and bounds.

Today The Games Are Played Before Thousand Of Fans And On ESPN
Today The Games Are Played Before Thousand Of Fans And On ESPN

The Little League World Series Today.

Initially, only US teams were allowed to compete in the Little League World Series. Today, the tournament has grown to a worldwide tournament. There are now two stadiums to accommodate the 16 teams that advance to the last round of the World Series tournament. The games are broad casted on ESPN for weeks and hundreds of thousands of fans descend on Williamsport each year to enjoy the games. The best part for the fans is that admission to the games is still free.

The Little League World Series
The Little League World Series

Historical Facts About The Little League World Series.

In total, a representative team from the United States has won the Little League World Series title 37 times, the most of any participating country. Taiwan is second with 17 victories and Japan is a distant third with 6 victors. California holds the record for the State with the most victories at 5. Numerous Major League players participated in the Little League World Series including Gary Sheffield and Matt Holiday.

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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I wish I had too and would love to go someday. Thanks for reading.

    • sandonia profile image

      sandonia 

      6 years ago

      The LLWS is on my short bucket list for sporting events. I'm sure I was also not the only one reading this article who wishes he had played in the LLWS. :)

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I bet it was. Congrats.

      Thanks for reading

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      bryson mitchem 

      8 years ago

      well it is realy fun ecspecially to win the title in 08

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I know, they are so much better than I was. It is baseball the way it supposed to be played. The fundamentals are amazing.

      Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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      Artemus Gordon 

      9 years ago

      I love watching the LLWS when it is on TV. The kids have such remarkable poise for their age that I do not remember having myself.

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