Little League Baseball Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Seems it is every little boys dream is to become a professional baseball player and that dream often starts in Little League. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Little League baseball, started by Carl Stotz in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
To this day, Williamsport is the home of the Little League World Series, a 10 day event played in August every year in front of 40,000 fans and millions watching on TV.
It was during the Depression when Stotz approached a boy siting on his porch and asked him if he could play ball. That boy was Dick Hauser, the first player in Little League history who now watches his great-grandson, a fourth generation ballplayer, not far from Little Leagues birthplace. Hauser said Stotz said he would supply the bats, balls and uniforms which presented the boy an opportunity to use a real bat instead of stick and real ball instead of something that was wrapped in tape.
Today Little League is in all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world, a long way from the first game on June 6th, 1939 when Lycoming Dairy faced Lundy Lumber in the first Little League game played.