Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1962
About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1962, history of the youth sports event and the games.
1962--16TH LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
The 1962 championship game saw San Jose Little League of California shut out the mid-western representative, Kankakee, Ill., 3-0.
Much of the credit for the California victory must go to the biggest Little Leaguer ever to take the Series field--Ted Campbell, who at 12 years of age stood 6' 1" tall and tipped the scales at 210 Ibs. His pitching was something to behold.
Campbell twirled a no-hitter and issued just one walk in going the distance.
As the more than 20,000 fans watched, San Jose tallied 2 runs in the 4th inning as a result of errors by the Kankakee battery.
The 3rd and final tally came in the 5th inning as Vaughn Takaha, California shortstop, poled a homerun over the centerfield wall.
Credit must also go to Dan Brewster, Kankakee pitcher, who allowed only 3 hits and one walk.
This was the 2nd successive year that California claimed the Little League flag. For Kankakee, it was the 3rd time in Little League Series play. Each time they finished in 2nd place.
Doing play-by-play commentary was Jackie Robinson.
The consolation game was won by Pitman, N.J., over Monterrey, Mexico, 8-5. Competition leading up to the final playoffs had been vigorous between teams from Del Rio, Tex.; Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada; Vienne, France; and Kunitachi, Japan (the 1st all-Japanese team to compete in the World Series).
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