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Little League World History

littleleagueFounded in 1939 as a three-team league in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Little League Baseball encouraging local volunteers to organize and operate Little League programs for which they were leased annually by Little League Baseball International.

Each league is self structured to better serve children in the area where the league operated. Several specific divisions of Little League Baseball and Softball is available for children between 5 and 18 years.

The administrative office of the organization is located in South Williamsport. The first World Series of Little League Baseball in Williamsport were played in 1947. In 1953 Little League were televised for the first time. Jim McKay was the commentator for CBS and Howard Cosell participated as a commentator on ABC radio.

In 1957 Angel Marcias threw a perfect game and Monterrey, Mexico became the first team outside the United States to win a World Series Little League. In 1969 Taiwan began an era of dominance as we saw them win 17 titles in the World Series of Little League but none of the youth came to the major leagues.

In 1960 a team from West Berlin, of West Germany was the first European team to play in the World Series of Little League. The series were broadcast live for the first time on ABC and Little League grew to over 27.400 computers in more than 5,500 leagues.

Currently there are seven international regions besides the United States. Canada is a region, Latin America is separated from Mexico and the Caribbean, the Far East split between Asia-Pacific and European region was separated from the Transatlantic region. Everyone is playing Little League.

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