Baseball History Fifth Little League World Series in 1951
About the fifth Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1951, history of the youth sports event.
1951--5TH LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
The 1951 Little League World Series was opened officially when Hall of Famer Cy Young threw out the 1st ball. It was the 2nd straight year that saw Little League teams from Texas (North Austin Little League) and Connecticut (Stamford Little League) hooked up in a duel for the championship.
However, the youngsters from the Nutmeg State were determined to wear the crown home, and that they did, defeating the Texans 3-0 before one of the largest crowds yet to witness a Little League Series contest--well over 10,000 were estimated in attendance.
The big gun for Connecticut was Andy Wasil, a right-handed fast baller, who fanned 16 and allowed only 3 scattered hits. In addition Wasil powered a 2-run homer over the right centerfield fence to aid his team's cause.
The consolation game saw Fairmont, W. Va., defeat San Bernardino, Calif., 5-4. Other teams in the tournament included Potter-McKean, Pa.; Pensacola, Fla.; Portland, Me.; and Chicago, Ill.
It was announced that 766 leagues were affiliated with Little League in 1951 and the program was being played in 35 States and 5 foreign countries.
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