Key moments in Little League’s 75-year history

Owen Newcomer warms up before a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. Newcomer is the great grandson of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making him a fourth generation Little Leaguer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Owen Newcomer warms up before a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. Newcomer is the great grandson of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making him a fourth generation Little Leaguer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

Little League is marking its 75th anniversary with a new PBS documentary, a partnership with Major League Baseball and a website that’s collecting players’ memories and photos. Some important dates in the history of Little League:

- 1938: Using neighborhood boys as his guide, Carl Stotz, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, draws up rules and field dimensions.

- 1939: First game is played June 6. Lundy Lumber beats Lycoming Dairy 23-8.

- 1947: Hammonton, New Jersey, starts first Little League outside Pennsylvania. The inaugural National Little League Tournament, the forerunner of today’s Little League World Series, is played.

- 1951: The first international Little League program forms in British Columbia.

- 1956: Carl Stotz severs ties with Little League in a dispute over program’s direction.

- 1957: Monterrey, Mexico, becomes the first international team to win the Little League World Series.

- 1963: ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” broadcasts Little League World Series championship game.

- 1964: Little League chartered by U.S. Congress.

- 1971: Aluminum bat used for first time.

- 1974: Little League changes policy to admit girls, following lawsuits.

- 1978: Little League surpasses 6,500 local leagues.

- 1985: First live broadcast of championship game.

- 1992: Stotz dies.

- 1997: Little League baseball participation reaches peak of 2.6 million.

- 2001: Little League endures birth-certificate scandal at World Series.

- 2007: Little League introduces pitch-count limits in effort to reduce arm injuries.

- 2014: Little League celebrates 75th anniversary.

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Source: Little League International, AP reporting

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