History of Little League 1939

1939 - 1959

Updated Thursday January 22, 2015 by Sources: Little League and SportsBusiness Journal/Daily archives, All Photos by Little League.

“WHERE IT ALL BEGAN…”

LITTLE LEAGUE THROUGH THE YEARS  

 

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1939
■          On June 6, the first Little League game is played in Williamsport, Pa. A $30 donation is sufficient to buy uniforms for each of the first three teams, named after their sponsors: Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber, and Jumbo Pretzel.

1942
■          Little League founder Carl Stotz designs the Little League logo.

1945
■          Mac McCloskey builds the world’s first remote-controlled electronic scoreboard for use at the original Little League field.

1947
■          Eleven teams participate in the first Little League World Series, then known as the National Little League Tournament.

1948
■          U.S. Rubber (now Uniroyal) becomes Little League’s first corporate sponsor. The partnership between the maker of Keds and Little League led to the development of rubber-molded cleats that are still used today.

1952
■          Peter McGovern is named the first full-time president of Little League.

1953
■          The Little League World Series is televised for the first time, with CBS providing the coverage.

1959
■          Little League Director of Research Dr. Creighton Hale develops the double earflap batter’s helmet.