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The South Dakota American Legion creates a baseball league for teenage boys, complete with tournment structure, which quickly spreads to the rest of the country.

In Williamsport Pennsylvania, oil company clerk Carl Stotz and friends organize a pre-teen baseball league using shortened baselines, and gain sponsorship from local companies for three teams. A year later, the first-ever Little League® game is played.

First Little League World Series® (won by the Maynard Midgets of Maynard, PA)

The Little League World Series is televised for the first time on CBS

Little League's policy of racial integration is emphasized when it disqualifies 61 all-white leagues from South Carolina who had refused to play an African-American team.

Monterrey, Mexico becomes the first non-US team to win the The Little League World Series.

Bowing to lawsuits and bad publicity, Little League ends its prohibition against allowing girls to play. (However, it is believed that as early as 1950, several girls may have "passed" as boys and played anyway.)

In the biggest controversy to hit Little League in years, a championship team from the Bronx, New York, is found to have had several overage players, including 14-year old pitcher Danny Almonte. The team is disqualified and its titles are revoked.

Now in its 66th year of existence, the various divisions of Little League feature over two and a half million players comprising 7,000 leagues across 105 countries.
Historical Little League images 1925-2004

Source: Play Ball: The Story of Little League Baseball by Lance Van Auken and Robin Van Auken, Penn State University Press, 2001.

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