Baseball History Sixth Little League World Series in 1952

About the sixth Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1952, history of the youth sports event.


Foreign flavor was introduced into the Little League World Series in 1952 as Montreal Little League, from Quebec, Canada, became one of the participants.

Tabbed by many veteran Little Leaguers as one of the most exciting games played in the Series, the final game saw the Pennsylvania entry, Monongahela Little League, go out in front of Norwalk, Conn., by one run in the 2nd inning. They added another in the top of the 3rd.

Norwalk came back to cut the lead to one run by scoring in the bottom of the 3rd and they tied the game 2-2 in the 4th.

The Pennsylvania lads then regained the lead with a booming home run by Richard Sacane, shortstop, in the top of the 5th.

Trailing by one run and at bat for the final time, Norwalk sent its smallest player, Harry Brown, to pinch hit. He drew a walk and immediately stole 2nd base. The next batter grounded out and then Brown raced home on a long single by Ralph DiMagilo, to tie the game. When the throw-in took a bad hop, DiMagilo went on to 2nd base. On the next pitch he stole 3rd and was in position to score.

Monongahela, seeing disaster about to strike, decided to change pitchers; but the relief pitcher zoomed in a high pitch that went over the catcher's head while DiMagilo raced in with the winning run as Norwalk won it 4-3.

The consolation game was won by Hackensack, N.J., 2-0 over San Diego, Calif. Teams eliminated earlier in the series were Little Rock, Ark.; Whiting, Ind.; Montreal, Canada; and Mooresville, N.C.

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