Carl Stotz

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Carl E. Stotz (February 20, 1910 – June 4, 1992) was the American founder of Little League Baseball. He is honored in Williamsport by the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Little League Bridge which carries U.S. Route 15 across the West Branch Susquehanna River between Williamsport and South Williamsport

Stotz was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He got a job as a lumberyard clerk. In the summer of 1938, Stotz started to discuss his dream with local children from the neighborhood. He was always set on adult supervision to stop bickering on the sandlot. He officially started up the league. The bases were placed 60 ft apart and the pitchers mound was placed 40 ft from home plate.

The next step was for him to apply to local businesses for sponsorship and donations. He also looked to parents for help with the organization of the league. A year later in the summer of 1939 they had three teams set up. Each team was managed individually by Stotz and brothers George and Bert Bebble. The first game was played on June 6, 1939, with Lundy Lumber defeating Lycoming Dairy 23–8. The first Little League World Series wasn't played until the summer of 1947 though.

Stotz was commissioner of Little League until 1956. He left due to a lawsuit he filed because he disagreed with the expansion of Little League. After the suit was settled out of court, Stotz left Little League permanently, although he continued to be involved in the "Original League."

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