Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1953
About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1953, history of the youth sports event and the games.
1953--7th LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
The 1953 World Series was one that generated a great deal of interest, because of the high caliber of the teams participating. It was termed by many as one of the best matched tournaments since the Series began.
The week-long eliminations saw the final game pitting the determined South Side Little League of Birmingham, Ala., against a good, strong team from Schenectady, N.Y. The outcome? The lads from Dixie won the flag, 1-0.
The hero of the day was diminutive Joe Sims, a left-handed pitcher, who his teammates claimed "could throw a baseball through the hole in a candy lifesaver." Sims, employing a huge wad of bubble gum, displayed iron nerves as he guided his team to victory.
The lone tally of the afternoon came in the 1st inning on a pair of walks given up by Schenectady starting pitcher, Stevie Buchheim, and a single to left field by Dick DeRoberts, Alabama centerfielder, which scored Bruce Gordon. The Southern region representative went out in front to stay.
Front Royal, Va., won the consolation game 3-0 over Camp Hill, Pa. Teams from North Newton, Mass.; Little Rock, Ark.; Vancouver, B.C.; and Joliet, Ill., also took part in Series play.
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