Little League

Carl E. Stotz

(February 20, 1910 - June 4, 1992)

1939 Little League

Carl E. Stotz was the founder of Little League Baseball.

Just about everyone in Williamsport knew about Carl Stotz and his dream, of Little League Baseball for the kids, by the 1940s. But who would have ever thought that his dream would spread around the world and light up the hearts of millions of kids.

Up until that time all of the kids played on sandlots. There was always bickering because there was no organization. Carl started to talk with the kids in his neighborhood about his dream. Carl wanted to have parents get involved with the supervision of the league.

By the summer of 1939 they had three teams set up and ready to play ball. The first three teams were: Lundy Lumber, Lycoming Dairy and Jumbo Pretzel Company. The first game was played on June 6, 1939, with Lundy Lumber defeating Lycoming Dairy (23-8).

The first Little League World Series was not played until the summer of 1947.

Lundy Lumber Little League team 1939

Lundy Lumber Team 1939

Jumbo Pretzel Company Little League team 1939

Jumbo Pretzel  Team 1939

Lycoming Dairy Little League team 1939

Lycoming Dairy Team 1939

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I just can’t imagine how proud Carl Stotz must have been to see his dream come true. 

Thank You Carl E. Stotz 

You will be remembered forever in the hearts of every kid to put on a little league uniform.

I know I am so lucky to have known Carl Stotz while I played ball for Hemperly’s Service Station in 1953 and 1954. 

The announcer for the games for many years was Mac McCloskey who was a neighbor of mine. Mac made us feel, “Big League" as we played. He would announce the battery line-up and play music before the games, between innings and at the end of the game he would play Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America”.

Thank You Mac McCloskey from your paper boy and neighbor.

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