Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1960

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1960, history of the youth sports event and the games.


The Little League World Championship came back to its home State this year, as Levittown, Pa., blanked the Fort Worth (Tex.) Little Leaguers, 5-0 before approximately 15,000 fans--the largest crowd yet to witness the classic.

While the sweltering crowd cheered, Levittown pitcher Joe Mormello kept his fastball sizzling as he notched the 3rd no-hit, no-run game in Series history. Mormello fanned 16 batters and gave up 2 walks in going the 6 full innings.

The Texans had men on base in the 4th and 6th innings, but failed to score.

Mormello opened the scoring for his club with a homerun blast in the 1st frame with teammate Jim Gardner on base.

Jim Williams, the Fort Worth pitcher, ran into big trouble as Levittown unloaded the big guns in the 3rd inning. Julian Kalkstein led off with a homer; Gardner singled and Mormello walked; Joe Fioravanti lined out. The Fort Worth manager made a pitching change with Dave Hooper moving to the mound.

Jim Grauel greeted Hooper with a double which tallied the final 2 runs for the Key-stoners. The Series was broadcast by ABC-TV to 126 affiliated stations across the country.

The consolation game was won by Lakewood, Calif., who defeated Monterrey, Mexico, in a thriller, 4-3. Other teams participating in the Series made an international roster--Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; New Boston, O.; West Berlin, Germany; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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