1947 Little League World Series

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1947 Little League World Series
Teams participating 12
Champion Pennsylvania Maynard League
Runner-up Pennsylvania Lock Haven

The 1947 Little League World Series took place in August 1947, when the first Little League World Series of Baseball was played at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport, Pennsylvania defeated the Lock Haven All Stars of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 16–7 to win the championship.

In 1947, the board of directors for the original Little League decided to organize a tournament for the 17 known Little League programs.[1] The fields on which the games were played are between the street and a levee built to protect the town from the West Branch Susquehanna River.[2] That levee provided most of the seating for the inaugural series' attendees.[3] Although the Little League World Series has now moved to a stadium in South Williamsport, it's still possible to play baseball on the original field.[4]

The inaugural series was important in history in that it was integrated at a time when professional baseball was still integrating.[5] More than 2,500 spectators enjoyed the final game, which helped to increase the League's overall publicity.[1]

Teams[edit]

Results[edit]

Games First Round Second Round Semifinals Final
                       
- New Jersey Hammonton
- Bye
- New Jersey Hammonton 6
- Pennsylvania Milton 4
- Pennsylvania Milton
- Bye
- New Jersey Hammonton 1
- Pennsylvania Lock Haven 5
- Pennsylvania Lock Haven
- Bye
- Pennsylvania Lock Haven 8
- Pennsylvania Perry County 6
- Pennsylvania Perry County
- Bye
- Pennsylvania Lock Haven 7
- Pennsylvania Maynard League 16
- Pennsylvania Original League 15
- Pennsylvania Sunday School League 0
- Pennsylvania Original League 4
- Pennsylvania Newberry 7
- Pennsylvania Newberry 6
- Pennsylvania Montoursville 2
- Pennsylvania Newberry 1
- Pennsylvania Maynard League 2
- Pennsylvania Brandon League 14
- Pennsylvania Montgomery 2
- Pennsylvania Brandon League 4
- Pennsylvania Maynard League 10
- Pennsylvania Maynard League 8
- Pennsylvania Jersey Shore 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Little League World Series History". Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ 41°14′25″N 77°02′41″W / 41.240394°N 77.044643°W / 41.240394; -77.044643
  3. ^ Caldwell, Dave (July 20, 2007). "Williamsport, Pa.: Home of True Small Ball". The New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  4. ^ Lewerenz, Dave (August 10, 2003). "Small Museum Preserves Historic Birthplace of Little League". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ Simonich, Milan (August 13, 2006). "Stroll in Free to the 60th Summer Baseball Classic". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  6. ^ "1947 Little League World Series". Retrieved August 24, 2017.