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The Little League World Series is an annual international championship tournament of Little League Baseball held in Williamsport, PA. It began as a tournament made up only of teams from Pennsylvania in 1947. In 1958 the Little League announced that four foreign teams will play in its tournament; one of those teams, representing Monterrey, Nuevo León in Mexico, would win that year's championship. Later, teams from around the world would compete, and win the Little League World Series.

In 2001, the Little League World Series expanded to its current sixteen team format. Each team plays in one of four round robin pools. There are two American pools and two international pools. The top two teams from each pool then move on to single elimination play. Currently, all 31 games are televised in the United States by the ESPN networks.

The tournament's main stadium is Howard J. Lamade Stadium, built in 1959 while a second stadium Little League Volunteer Stadium was opened in 2001. The first 12 LLWS were played at Carl E. Stotz Field, which was built in 1939.

Traditionally, the Little League World Series final is played on the last Sunday in August. All games are six innings in length unless they go to extra innings.

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[edit] Tournament Format

Currently, the LLWS is broken up into two brackets: the United States Bracket and the International Bracket. Each bracket is further divided into eight divisions, and each division is represented by one team. For the competition, there are two pools within each bracket, and four teams per pool. In the opening days of the tournament, the teams compete round robin within their own pool. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, where the 1st place team from one pool competes against the 2nd place team from the other. The respective winners advance to play in either the United States or International Finals, whose winners then advance to compete in the Little League World Series Championship Game: the top American team versus the top International team.

The eight regions which compete in the United States Bracket are as follows, with tournament locations:

  • Northwest Region (San Bernardino, CA): Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming
  • West Region (San Bernardino, CA): Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern California, Southern California, and Utah
  • Southwest Region (Waco, TX): Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas East, and Texas West
  • Midwest Region (Indianapolis, IN): Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Great Lakes Region (Indianapolis, IN): Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
  • Southeast Region (Gulfport, FL): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Mid-Atlantic Region (Bristol, CT): Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • New England Region (Bristol, CT): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

The eight divisions which compete in the International Bracket are as follows:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Caribbean
  • Latin America
  • Pacific
  • Asia
  • Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA)
  • Transatlantic

There is considerable territorial overlap between the Transatlantic and EMEA regions. The leagues within the so-called "Transatlantic" region generally consist of children and other dependents of American expatriates, typically Armed Forces personnel, international organization members, and oil company workers. The leagues within the "EMEA" region, conversely, generally consist of players native to the league's own country.

[edit] Championships by Country

  • Flag of United States United States: 33 (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei: 17 (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996)
  • Flag of Japan Japan: 9 (1967, 1968, 1976, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Flag of Mexico Mexico: 3 (1957, 1958, 1997)
  • Flag of South Korea South Korea: 2 (1984, 1985)
  • Flag of Venezuela Venezuela: 2 (1994, 2000)
  • Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles: 1 (2004)

[edit] Results

Year Champion Score Runner-Up Notes
1947 Flag of United States United States
Maynard
Williamsport, PA
16-7 Flag of United States United States
Lock Haven
Lock Haven, PA
1948 Flag of United States United States
Lock Haven
Lock Haven, PA
6-5 Flag of United States United States
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL
1949 Flag of United States United States
Hammonton
Hammonton, NJ
5-0 Flag of United States United States
Pensacola
Pensacola, FL
1950 Flag of United States United States
National
Austin, TX
2-1 Flag of United States United States
Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT
1951 Flag of United States United States
Stamford
Stamford, CT
3-0 Flag of United States United States
North Austin Lions
Austin, TX
1952 Flag of United States United States
National
Norwalk, CT
4-3 Flag of United States United States
Optimist
Monongahela, PA
1953 Flag of United States United States
Southside
Birmingham, AL
1-0 Flag of United States United States
Schenectady
Schenectady, NY
1954 Flag of United States United States
National
Schenectady, NY
7-5 Flag of United States United States
Lions Club
Colton, CA
1955 Flag of United States United States
Morrisville
Morrisville, PA
4-3 Flag of United States United States
Delaware Township
Merchantville, NJ
1956 Flag of United States United States
Lions Honda
Roswell, NM
3-1 Flag of United States United States
Delaware Township
Merchantville, NJ
1957 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Industrial
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
4-0 Flag of United States United States
La Mesa Northern
La Mesa, CA
Angel Macias throws a perfect game.
1958 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Industrial
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
10-1 Flag of United States United States
Kankakee
Kankakee, IL
1959 Flag of United States United States
National
Hamtramck, MI
12-0 Flag of United States United States
West Auburn
Auburn, CA
1960 Flag of United States United States
American
Levittown, PA
5-0 Flag of United States United States
North East Optomist
Fort Worth, TX
1961 Flag of United States United States
Northern
El Cajon, CA
4-2 Flag of United States United States
El Campo
El Campo, TX
1962 Flag of United States United States
Moreland
San Jose, CA
3-0 Flag of United States United States
Kankakee
Kankakee, IL
1963 Flag of United States United States
National
Granada Hills, CA
2-1 Flag of United States United States
Stratford Original
Stratford, CT
1964 Flag of United States United States
Mid Island
Staten Island, NY
4-0 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Pequena Obispado
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
1965 Flag of United States United States
Windsor Locks
Windsor Locks, CT
3-1 Flag of Canada Canada
Stoney Creek
Stoney Creek, ON
1966 Flag of United States United States
Westbury American
Houston, TX
8-2 Flag of United States United States
American
West New York, NJ
1967 Flag of Japan Japan
West Tokyo
West Tokyo, Japan
4-1 Flag of United States United States
North Roseland
Chicago, IL
1968 Flag of Japan Japan
Wakayama
Osaka, Japan
1-0 Flag of United States United States
Tuckahoe
Richmond, VA
1969 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Taipei
Taipei, Taiwan
5-0 Flag of United States United States
Briarwood
Santa Clara, CA
1970 Flag of United States United States
American
Wayne, NJ
2-0 Flag of United States United States
Campbell
Campbell, CA
1971 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tainan
Tainan, Taiwan
12-3 Flag of United States United States
Anderson
Gary, IN
1972 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Taipei
Taipei, Taiwan
6-0 Flag of United States United States
Edison
Hammond, IN
1973 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tainan City
Tainan City, Taiwan
12-0 Flag of United States United States
Cactus
Tucson, AZ
1974 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Kao Hsiung
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
12-1 Flag of United States United States
Red Bluff
Red Bluff, CA
1975 Flag of United States United States
Lakewood
Lakewood, NJ
4-3 Flag of United States United States
Belmont Heights
Tampa, FL
1976 Flag of Japan Japan
Chofu
Tokyo, Japan
10-3 Flag of United States United States
Campbell
Campbell, CA
1977 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Li-Teh
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
7-2 Flag of United States United States
Western
El Cajon, CA
1978 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Pin-Kuang
Pin-Tung, Taiwan
11-1 Flag of United States United States
San Ramon Valley
Danville, CA
1979 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Pu-Tzu Town
Hsien, Taiwan
2-1 Flag of United States United States
Campbell
Campbell, CA
1980 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Long Kuong
Hua Lian, Taiwan
4-3 Flag of United States United States
Belmont Heights
Tampa, FL
1981 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tai-Ping
Taichung, Taiwan
4-2 Flag of United States United States
Belmont Heights
Tampa, FL
1982 Flag of United States United States
National
Kirkland, WA
6-0 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Po-Tzu Town
Hsien, Taiwan
1983 Flag of United States United States
National
Marietta, GA
3-1 Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Liquito Hernandez
Barahona, DR
1984 Flag of South Korea South Korea
National
Seoul, South Korea
6-2 Flag of United States United States
National
Altamonte Springs, FL
1985 Flag of South Korea South Korea
National
Seoul, South Korea
7-1 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Mexicali
Mexicali, Baja California
Mexicali played in California's District 22 in the Southern California and represented the Western Region of the United States after winning that region's tournament.
1986 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tainan Park
Tainan Park, Taiwan
12-0 Flag of United States United States
International
Tucson, AZ
1987 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Hua Lian
Hua Lian, Taiwan
21-1 Flag of United States United States
Northwood
Irvine, CA
1988 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tai Ping
Taichung, Taiwan
10-0 Flag of United States United States
Pearl City
Pearl City, HI
1989 Flag of United States United States
National
Trumbull, CT
5-2 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Kang-tu
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1990 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
San-Hua
Tainan County, Taiwan
9-0 Flag of United States United States
Shippensburg
Shippensburg, PA
1991 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Hsi Nan
Taichung, Taiwan
11-0 Flag of United States United States
San Ramon Valley
Danville, CA
1992 Flag of United States United States
Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
15-4
6-0
The Philippines The Philippines
Zamboanga City
Zamboanga, Philippines
Long Beach was declared a 6-0 winner after it was discovered that Zamboanga City used players from outside its city limits and some that were overage.
1993 Flag of United States United States
Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
3-2 Flag of Panama Panama
David Doleguita
David, Panama
1994 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela
Coquivacoa
Maracaibo, Venezuela
4-3 Flag of United States United States
Northridge City
Northridge, CA
1995 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Shan-Hua
Tainan, Taiwan
17-3 Flag of United States United States
Northwest 45
Spring, TX
1996 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Fu-Hsing
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
13-3 Flag of United States United States
Cranston
Cranston, RI
1997 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Guadalupe
Guadalupe, Nuevo León
5-4 Flag of United States United States
South Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA
1998 Flag of United States United States
Toms River
Toms River, NJ
12-9 Flag of Japan Japan
Kashima
Kashima, Japan
1999 Flag of Japan Japan
Hirakata
Osaka, Japan
5-0 Flag of United States United States
Phenix
Phenix City, AL
2000 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela
Sierra Maestra
Maracaibo, Venezuela
3-2 Flag of United States United States
Bellaire
Bellaire, TX
2001 Flag of Japan Japan
Kitasuna
Tokyo, Japan
2-1 Flag of United States United States
Apopka National
Apopka, FL
2002 Flag of United States United States
Valley Sports American
Louisville, KY
1-0 Flag of Japan Japan
Sendai Higashi
Sendai, Japan
2003 Flag of Japan Japan
Musashi-Fuchu
Tokyo, Japan
10-1 Flag of United States United States
East Boynton Beach
Boynton Beach, FL
2004 Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
Pabao
Willemstad, Curaçao
5-2 Flag of United States United States
Conejo Valley East
Thousand Oaks, CA
2005 Flag of United States United States
West Oahu
Ewa Beach, HI
7-6 Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
Pabao
Willemstad, Curaçao
The game lasted seven innings.
2006 Flag of United States United States
Columbus
Columbus, GA
2-1 Flag of Japan Japan
Kawaguchi City
Kawaguchi, Saitama
2007 Flag of United States United States
Warner Robins
Warner Robins, GA
3-2 Flag of Japan Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
Dalton Carriker hits the game-ending homer in the bottom of the 8th in a dramatic extra-inning contest.
2008 Flag of United States United States
Waipahu
Waipahu, HI
12-3 Flag of Mexico Mexico
Matamoros
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
2009 Flag of United States United States
Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA
12-3 Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Taoyuan
Taoyuan County
2010 Flag of Japan Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
4-1 Flag of United States United States
Waipahu
Waipahu, HI
2011 Flag of United States United States
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
2-1 Flag of Japan Japan
Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
2012 Flag of Japan Japan
Kitasuna
Tokyo, Japan
12-2 Flag of United States United States
Goodlettsville
Goodlettsville, TN
2013 Flag of Japan Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
6-4 Flag of United States United States
Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA

[edit] Feats

There have been seven perfect games thrown in the history of the LLWS. The first was by Fred Shapiro (Delaware Township) in 1956 in a semifinal game. The second was by Angel Macias (Industrial, Monterrey) the following year's championship game. In 1973, Ching-Hui Huang of Taiwan tossed a perfecto against Bitburg Air Base (Germany). In 1976 Kiyoshi Tsumura of the Chofu team (Japan) pitched one versus the team from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Four Musashi-Fuchu (Japan) pitchers, Shigeki Umeda, Masato Komuro, Ippei Endoh and Yuutaro Tanaka, threw a four-inning perfecto versus the Saudi Arabian team in 2003. In 2012, Felix Diaz, Sebastian Cuellar and Joel Turrubiates combined on a four-inning perfect game against Uganda. In 2001, Danny Almonte threw a perfect game versus eventual runnerup Apopka National, but his records have been expunged from the tournament's history due to his ineligibility.

In 1979, Chao-An Chen (Pu-Tzu Town, Chinese Taipei) struckout 18 batters in the team's semifinal six-inning game. In 2005, Kalen Pimentel (Vista, California) matched the feat by striking 18 Owensboro, Kentucky players. In 2008, Jesus Saucedo of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico) retired all 12 Italian hitters he faced for a perfect game.

There have been five occasions of a player hitting three home runs in a game. Roger Miller of Tuckahoe, VA in 1968, Chih-Hsiang Lin of Shan-Hua, Chinese Taipei in 1995, Tetsuya Furukawa of Kashima, Japan in 1998, Lorenzo Butler of Goodlettsville, TN in 2012 and Noriatsu Osaka of Tokyo in the 2012 finale. The record for most home runs hit in a single tournament is owned by Chin-Hsiung Hsieh of Fu-Hsing, Chinese Taipei who hit 7 in the 1996 tournament (five games). Lloyd McClendon hit five in the 1971 Series, which had only three games, and was walked the rest of the series.

[edit] Players

Many Little League World Series participants have gone on to careers in professional sports, among them:

[edit] Further Reading

  • Mark Kanter: "Philadelphia Area Teams that Have Participated in the Little League World Series", in Morris Levin, ed.: From Swampoodle to South Philly: Baseball in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, The National Pastime, SABR, 2013, pp. 227-229.


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