Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1966

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1966, history of the youth sports event and the games.


For the 1st time since 1950 a Texas Little League team won the World Series as the Houston Little Leaguers rode roughshod over the Little Leaguers of West New York, N.J., 8-2 before some 21,000 excited fans.

West New York jumped into a 2-run lead in the 1st inning and held on for 2 1/2 innings.

However, in the 3rd inning the Texas uprising began and even a thunderstorm couldn't stop it.

With 2 Texans on base, the game was delayed some 43 minutes due to a heavy rain. When it resumed, Mark Harding banged out a single to load the bases. Steve Reeves punched a long single to score Tom Herrick and Byron Boyne. Harding then came in to tally on a fielder's choice play. The inning ended 3-2, Houston.

Texas added 3 more runs in the 4th when Ray Plumb homered; Herrick was hit by a pitch; Schneider moved Herrick to 2nd with a single. Herrick was retired at 3rd on Boyne's single, Harding reached 1st on an error, and Reeves doubled home Schneider and Boyne to make the score 6-2, Houston.

Two more insurance runs were added by Texas in the 5th as Raymer doubled and Dave McCaleb homered.

The consolation game was won by Sacramento, Calif., 6-0 over Wakayama, Japan. Preliminary contests were well fought by teams from Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Monterrey, Mexico; Kankakee, Ill.; and Rhein-Main, Germany.

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