Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1954

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1954, history of the youth sports event and the games.


Bouncing back from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Alabama in 1953, Schenectady (N.Y.) Little League powered its way to a 7-5 victory over Colton (Calif.) Little League to claim the coveted crown.

Sparked by a homerun blast by pitcher Bill Masucci in the 1st frame with one man on base, Schenectady went on to add 3 more runs in the 2nd inning and build a commanding lead.

Masucci, a right-hander, gave up only 4 hits in posting the win. However, 2 of those hits accounted for 4 of Colton's 5 runs.

Colton did not get on the scoreboard until the 3rd inning when Ken Hubbs homered. The Californians pulled to within one run of the New York club in the 5th inning when Norm Housley drilled a 3-run shot over the leftfield wall, making the score 5-4.

In the home half of the inning New York added 2 insurance runs making it 7-4 going into the top of the 6th.

With one out, Colton put 2 men on by virtue of walks. On the strength of John Doty's sharp single to right field, Clarence Brumm scooted home with the 5th California run. But, Masucci bore down and sealed the victory by setting down the last 2 batters via the strikeout route. (An excellent book, Destiny's Darlings by Martin Ralbovsky--New York: Hawthorn, 1974--tells the story of the 1954 Schenectady champions and what became of the team members in the 20 years that followed their victory.)

The consolation game was won by Masontown, Pa., with a 7-1 victory over Melrose Park, Ill., in 9 innings of play. Teams participating in preliminary contests included Hampton, Va.; Galveston, Tex.; Lakeland, Fla.; and Needham, Mass.

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