Carl Stotz

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Carl Stotz

Carl Stotz is remembered as the Father of Little League Baseball. While having a catch with his nephews in the summer of 1938, Stotz fantasized about a youth baseball league for the boys.

During the winter, Stotz secured sponsorship from his boss, John Lundy, who owned Lundy's Lumber. On June 6, 1939, Lundy's Lumber beat Lycoming Dairy and Little League Baseball was formed.

Unfortunately, with the growth of the organization, a rift formed. Stotz was forced out of his job as commissioner in 1955. He later tried to form a rival organization but he was stopped in the courts.

Carl Stotz has been honored in Williamsport with a park and a statue. Little League Baseball also awards the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Scholarship to deserving youth players in Lycoming County.