50 Great Moments In Little League World Series History (2024)

In a typical year, all eyes in the baseball world would be focused on Williamsport this weekend as the Little League World Series concludes its championship weekend. This is, of course, not a typical year, as the games were canceled for 2020 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. So we’re choosing instead to celebrate some of the best moments in Little League World Series, sorted by decade below.


2019: Reese Roussel sets the LLBWS doubles (7) and hits (15) record as Eastbank Little League wins the LLBWS Championship.

2017: The first MLB Little League Classic makes its debut with a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Omar Romero takes the hearts of millions with his display of sportsmanship.

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2015: The LLBWS single-game attendance record was set during the U.S. Championship Game with an estimated 45,716 fans attending the game, which also led to the LLBWS full-series record of 469,964 fans attending the Little League Baseball World Series tournament over the course of its 10 days.

2014: Mo’ne Davis of Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League becomes the first female pitcher at the LLBWS to win a game after throwing a shutout in the team’s first appearance.

#OTD, Mo'ne Davis's poise, professionalism, and presence on the mound propels her to #LLWS legendary status, tossing a shutout in her Taney LL team's first game in 2014! #LLWSMemories #GirlsWithGame pic.twitter.com/qnE5n5Qz16

— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 15, 2020

2013: Robert Hassell III helps power South Nashville to their first of back-to-back LLBWS appearances. Years late, Hassell becomes a professional, going No. 8 overall to the San Diego Padres in the 2020 MLB Draft.

2012: The first team from Africa makes it to Williamsport – Lugazi (Uganda) Little League.

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2011: Kansas City Royals 2017 first-round pick, Nick Pratto, hits the game-winning hit to lead Ocean View Little League to a 2-1 walk-off win over Japan. His teammate at the time, Hagen Danner, was also selected 61st overall in the 2017 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Here is Royals first round pick Nick Pratto's walk off single in the 2011 Little League World Series pic.twitter.com/jl7nVigooZ

— Shaun Newkirk (Soros funded blue checkmark) (@Shauncore) June 13, 2017

2011: For the first time since 1969, a Williamsport-area team advances to the LLWS, as Keystone LL brings record-setting crowds to Lamade Stadium.


2008: Mexico ace JesusSaucedapitched four perfect innings, striking out all 12 batters he faced. At the plate, he went 3-for-3 with six RBI, including a grand slam.

2007: Pitch count is used at the Little League Baseball World Series for the first time.

2004: Future MLBers Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar help their Pabao LL team win Curacao’s first LLBWS Championship.

Headlined by current @MLB players, Jurickson Profar and Jonathan Schoop, Pabao Little League from Curacao won the 2004 #LLWS. #NationalLLWeek pic.twitter.com/34RUe0WgJu

— Little League (@LittleLeague) June 15, 2018

2001: The first LL Challenger Exhibition Game is played at the LLBWS.

2001: After expanding the World Series to 16 teams in this year, including the first games played inside Volunteer Stadium, it was also the first time that a sitting President of the United States came to visit the Little League Baseball World Series when George W. Bush came to Williamsport. He is also the first Little League graduate to be elected as President of the United States. First Lady Laura Bush and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge also attend. A day earlier, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani attended a Little League Baseball World Series game involving a New York City team.

On this day in 2001, President George W. Bush became the first sitting president to visit the #LLWS when he was enshrined into the Little League Hall of Excellence! pic.twitter.com/ErwCaqgpHD

— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 26, 2020


1998: Behind Todd Frazier’s stand-out performance, Toms River East American LL wins the LLBWS Championship.

In 2015, Todd Frazier was the first Little League grad to win the #HRDerby. Who will win this year? Find out tonight at 8 p.m. on @espn! pic.twitter.com/iNVsZGZ84h

— Little League (@LittleLeague) July 10, 2017

1995: Hall ofFamerStan Musial throws the ceremonial first pitch for the Little League Baseball World Series.

1994: After a record three-hour, six-minute rain delay, Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, becomes the first Latin American team to win the Little League World Series since 1958.

Versatile RHP Yusmiero Petit was signed by the @Athletics this winter. The Venezuelan @YPetit36 won a pair of WS titles with @SFGiants & played 2B as a youngster for the Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo team that won the 1994 @LittleLeague Baseball World Series. pic.twitter.com/Kfib3Mlqzz

— Jean Fruth (@jeanfruth) February 19, 2018

1994: Brooklyn Center American Little League from Minnesota features catcher Krissy Wendell, a future Hockey HOFer and Olympian, became the first girl to start at catcher in a LLBWS game.

1993: Long Beach becomes the first U.S. league in history to win consecutive Little League Baseball World Series championships with a thrilling 3-2 victory against a team from Panama. Long Beach is led for a second year by Sean Burroughs, who pitches two no-hitters in the World Series, and later would later play in the Major Leagues.

Sean Burroughs as a Little League Stud. 2x LLWS Champs (1992, 1993) #LLWS #LongBeach #LBC pic.twitter.com/H5kTdl349l

— Tony Reid (@tonyreidwrites) March 28, 2015

1992: The first night game of the Little League Baseball World Series is played.

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1991: Michael Cammarata competes in the LLBWS with the South Shore American LL from Staten Island. 10 years later, Michael would become the youngest firefighter to perish in the 9/11 attacks. His number 11 is the only retired number in the LLWS.

Today we honor Michael Cammarata a 1991 #LLWS participant from South Shore (N.Y.) Little League, who was last seen rushing into the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, and all those lost on that fateful day. #911Day #911Anniversary pic.twitter.com/ddXK04k2Dq

— Little League (@LittleLeague) September 11, 2018


1989:Trumbull (Conn.) National Little League becomes the first U.S. team to win the World Series since 1983 before an estimated crowd of 45,000. Future NHL star Chris Drury is on the mound for Trumbull; BettySpeziale, the first female LLBWS umpire, is on the field.

This Day In 1989: Chris Drury gives up only 5 hits & drives in two, leading Trumbull, Conn., to Little League title pic.twitter.com/UhluYlBBaB

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 26, 2016

1988:Tom Seaver, graduate of Spartan Little League in Fresno, California, is the firstenshrineeof the Little League Hall of Excellence.

1985: Little League mascot, Dugout (who was created by Disney “Imagineers”) makes its debut.

A very Happy Halloween from Dugout and all of us at Little League! pic.twitter.com/2OZpnUN14T

— Little League (@LittleLeague) October 31, 2014

1985: LLBWS airs live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports with Frank Rizzo wearing the first-ever ump cam.

1984: The first girl to play in the LLBWS – Victoria Roche – Brussels Little League (Brussels, Belgium); Seoul, Korea, wins that country’s first Little League World Series championship, defeating Altamonte Springs, Fla., 6-2. One Altamonte Springs player is future Major Leaguer, Jason Varitek.

There have been 19 girls to play in Williamsport, the first, Victoria Roche, made her #LLWS debut on this day in 1984. pic.twitter.com/tMAqzlwSEA

— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 21, 2020

1983: East Marietta (GA) National Little League wins the World Series with future Major Leaguer MarcPisciottaon the mound.

1982: Future Major Leaguer Wilson Alvarez plays for the Maracaibo, Venezuela team in the Series.

1981: Dan Wilson, later a Major Leaguer, plays for Barrington (IL) Little League in the Little League World Series; Derek Bell returns with Belmont Heights, but his team falls to Taiwan again. Bell becomes the first Major League player to have played in two Little League World Series.

1980: Future MLBers Gary Sheffield and Derek Bell advance to the LLBWS championship, falling one run short of the title to Taiwan.

Gary Sheffield led Tampa Bay's Belmont Heights Little League to the 1980 #LLWS title game. #throwbackthursday pic.twitter.com/4LbkHxDQoA

— Franklin Sports (@FranklinSports) August 21, 2014


1978: Future Major Leaguer Erik Johnson is a pitcher in the 1978 Little League Baseball World Series championship game for San Ramon Valley Little League of Danville, California.

1977: Future Major Leaguer Charlie Hayes plays in the 1977 Series for Hattiesburg, MS.

1976: Baseball Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Ernie Banks, and Bob Gibson are Series guests as Chofu, Japan, wins that country’s third championship, led byKiyosh*tsumura, who pitches a perfect game in the semifinal against Europe.

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1975: To provide better guidance for its international Little League program structure, the LLBWS is played with only four U.S. Region champions, the smallest tournament in its history.

1973: Future Major Leaguer Ed Vosberg plays in the Little League World Series for the runner-up team from Tucson, AZ, and goes on to become the first person to participate in the Little League World Series, College World Series (University of Arizona, champions, 1980) and Major League World Series (Florida Marlins, champions, 1997).

Some 46 years after leading Cactus Little League to @LittleLeague World Series at Williamsport, Tucsonan Ed Vosberg reliving that special time in his life as he cheers for the Sunnyside Little League team that is two games from going that far. The story: https://t.co/KfxwVplvGh pic.twitter.com/mOgwGM3qnO

— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) August 9, 2019

1971: Lloyd McClendon hits five home runs in five at bats during the World Series for Gary, Indiana; One of the longest games in World Series history is played over two hours and fifty-one minutes as Gary and Tainan, Taiwan battle for nine innings.

Happy Birthday to Little League Hall of Excellence member, "Legendary Lloyd" McClendon. pic.twitter.com/8AAOVduyDR

— Little League (@LittleLeague) January 11, 2017


1969: Newberry Little League participates in the World Series, becoming the first Williamsport-area team to play in the World Series since 1948.

1968: TurkSchonert, future NFL quarterback, is a member of the Garden Grove, California, team in the Series.

1967: Future Major Leaguer Bobby Mitchell plays for Northridge Little League. West Tokyo LL becomes first Asian team to win the LLBWS; Ted Williams is the announcer.

1963: LLBWS airs on ABC’s Wide World of Sports for the first time, with Chris Schenkel calling the play-by-play.

My Little League: Granada Hills L.L.
1963 Little League World Series Champions pic.twitter.com/sUcvlFU46F

— Richard Vasquez (@Mynor26er) August 31, 2015

1962: Jackie Robinson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and is a guest at the Little League Baseball World Series.

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1961: Brian Sipe, who would later play quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, plays for the World Series champions from El Cajon, Calif.

#LLWS1961 Brian Sipe, future quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, plays for the Little League World series champions from El Cajon, California. #LLWS 1961 pic.twitter.com/kJe6KOTOnN

— #Re2pect ✊ (@iLetsPlayBall) August 26, 2018


1959: The World Series is played for the first time at its present site in the borough of South Williamsport.

1958: Hector Torres, who would later play in the Major Leagues, plays for Monterrey, Mexico. Rick Wise, who would also play in the Major Leagues, plays for Portland, Oregon.

1957: Angel Macias throws Perfect Game to win the LLBWS, becoming the first team from outside the United States to win the LLBWS.

🎉 1/ A look back at how LBJ celebrated his birthday throughout the years. 🕰️

In 1957, it included Angel Macias, the Little League champion player from Monterrey, Mexico who pitched a perfect game in the Little League World Series that year. pic.twitter.com/8rkW2tDPlW

— LBJ Library (@LBJLibrary) August 27, 2019

1956: The first Little League World Series perfect game is pitched by Fred Shapiro of Delaware Township, N.J.

1955:A player for the New Jersey team is Billy Hunter, who would go on to play football for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, and executive director of the NBA Players Association.Cannon Street YMCA Teamis welcomed to Williamsport as guests of Peter McGovern.

1955: Cannon Street YMCA team welcomed to Williamsport after being denied the chance to compete for their spot on the field due to race.

July 27, 1955, Cannon Street YMCA, an African-American team, became South Carolina Little League Champs after state's 55 White teams withdrew when the black team was given permission by Little League officials at Williamsport, Pennsylvania to compete in the state's play-offs. pic.twitter.com/2JGYxFU66g

— Phil S. Dixon (@NegroLeagueMan) July 27, 2018

1954: Boog Powell, who would later play for the Baltimore Orioles, participates for Lakeland, Florida, in the World Series. Ken Hubbs, who would win the 1962 National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Chicago Cubs, plays in the Little League World Series for Colton, California. This World Series also features future MLBers Jim Barbieri, Billy Connors, and Carl Taylor also compete, tying it with the most LLWS players to make an MLB appearance (1999, 2004). Powell and Barbieri became the first baseball players to play in both the MLB and Little League World Series, and the only to play against each other in both events, as the two competed against each other in Williamsport in 1954 and in the 1966 MLB World Series.

Boog Powell and Jim Barbieri were the first players to appear in a Little League World Series and a MLB World Series. Powell with the 1954 Lakeland, Florida in LL and the #Orioles in 1966, Barbieri with Schenectady, NY in LL and the #Dodgers also in 1966. pic.twitter.com/rM0X0UaWQp

— Retro Baseball (@retro_baseball) December 25, 2019

1952: The Little League World Series welcomes its first international team from Montreal, Canada.


1947: First ever LLBWS was played at Original Field at Memorial Park in Williamsport. All the teams except one were from Pennsylvania. At the time, Little League only existed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A Williamsport-area team (Maynard Midgets) won the first Series.

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