Baseball History Second Little League World Series in 1948

About the second Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1948, history of the youth sports event.


The popularity of the Little League World Series spread rapidly following the success of the 1st tournament in 1947.

Moving to a more manageable 8-team tournament from the initial 12 teams, the series gained a greater national flavor with 5 States other than Pennsylvania entered. Teams participating were from Middletown, Conn.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Hammonton, N.J.; Corning, N.Y.; and Alexandria, Va. Pennsylvania entries represented Lock Haven, Harrisburg, and Williamsport-Loyalsock.

In the final game of the tournament Lock Haven, making its 2nd bid for the Little League title in as many years, had to come from behind to down the youngsters from St. Petersburg, Fla., 6-5.

St. Petersburg opened the game with 3 runs in the 1st inning. Lock Haven came back with one run in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, and a big 3-run 4th inning to take a 6-3 lead.

The challengers picked up one run in the 5th, ending the inning with the bases loaded. In the last inning St. Petersburg pulled to within one run of Lock Haven, 6-5. With the tying run on 3rd base and 2 out, Larry Lytle, Lock Haven centerfielder, made a running catch of a line drive shot to end the game and clinch the victory.

Joey Cardamone, Lock Haven catcher, won the hearts and cheers of the fans with his display of sportsmanship throughout the game. As each opposing player crossed home plate after hitting a home run, Joey stepped up, smiling, to shake the player's hand.

The consolation game was won by Hammonton, N.J., 10-1 over Williamsport-Loyalsock.

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