An Americon institution is what many refer to the Little League World Series as. The championship of boys 9-12 is one of many Little League Championships but is the one that garners the most attention.
The Little League World Series
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In 1938, Williamsport, Pa., resident Carl E. Stotz gathers neighborhood children during the summer and devises the first rules and field dimensions for his planned boys baseball program. This results in the founding of Little League Baseball in 1939, with Mr. Stotz, George Bebble and Bert Bebble being the first 3 team managers. The first season is played in a vacant lot near the outfield fence of Bowman Field. By 1946 there was 12 leagues all operating in Pennsylvania, and in 1947, Hammonton, N.J becomes the first non Pensnsylvania league. This results in the National Little League Tournament being played to determine a champion. Ultimatly this would become the Little League World Series that we know today. By 1948 Little League had grown to 94 leagues, in 1949 to 307 leagues and in 1951 with 776 leagues goes international with the addition of British Columbia, Canada. In 1953 the Little League World Series is televised for the first time. In 1975 teams from Taiwan and Japan had won seven of eight previous Little League World Series, and teams from outside the United States were banned from advancing beyond regional play. There was such an outcry about that move, though, that the ban was lifted after one year.
Currently, there are more than 3 million Little League Baseball players in more than 100 countries. The World Series format has been expanded to include 16 teams. The World Series is played in Williamsport Pennsylvania and although there has been disqualifications and contreversy, to this day remains a unique sporting event.