Stotz also came up with a name — Little League. His idea was to provide baseball for the boys as a way to teach them the ideals of sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork.
On June 6, 1939, in the first Little League game ever played, Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy, 23-8.
Little League baseball has become the world’s largest organized youth sports program. In the space of just six decades, Little League grew from three teams to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.
And the basic goal remains the same as it did in 1939, to give the children a game that provides fundamental principles — sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork — they can use later in life to become good citizens.
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