Baseball History Fourth Little League World Series in 1950

About the fourth Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1950, history of the youth sports event.


This midcentury year saw the official incorporation of Little League Baseball in order to better manage the needs of a growing concern.

It also saw the State of Texas lay claim to the Little League title as Houston Little League defeated Bridgeport, Conn., 2-1 before approximately 9,000 fans.

For the 1st time since the Series began there was only one team (Punxsutawney Little League) representing Pennsylvania.

The strength of the Houston team lay in the ability of Billy Martin, 12, who pitched 2 no-hitters enroute to the championship game. In the final tilt Martin gave up just one hit, a single.

The Series also saw young Gordon Andrews, the St. Petersburg, Fla., pitcher, strike out 21 batters for a new tournament record. But St. Petersburg was eliminated by Kankakee, Ill., who went on to win the consolation game, downing Hagerstown, Md., 1-0.

Clinton, S.C., and Westerly, R.I., also fielded teams in this 4th Series.

National interest in the World Series was evident with 6 motion picture companies covering the final game--Paramount News, News of the Day, Warner-Pathe, Universal, Tele-news, and 20th Century-Fox Movietone. The game was also covered live by NBC radio and on a rebroadcast by NBC television.

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