Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1967

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1967, history of the youth sports event and the games.


History was made as the Little Leaguers from West Tokyo, Japan, parlayed classy fielding, timely hitting, and strong pitching to defeat Chicago Little League, 4-1 in the 21st annual World Series.

Despite a morning-long rain, 17,000 fans turned out to watch Masahiro Miyahara toss a 3-hitter enroute to victory.

West Tokyo got its 1st run when centerfielder Kenichi Tsuchiya belted a 220' homer.

The Pacific visitors then clinched the Series flag in the 5th inning with 3 more runs as Seiichi Hayashi walked, Tsuchiya singled, and Takeshi Shiono drove in Hayashi with a single. Tsuchiya later scored on a wild throw by Ken Snyder. Shiono added the final run as he crossed home plate on a single by Miyahara.

Rich O'Leary broke the ice for Chicago in the 5th with a single. Snyder followed in similar fashion. Tom Calabrese punched a grounder up the middle and O'Leary came around to score. Miyahara had seen enough, so he then locked the door on the midwest hopefuls.

The consolation game was won by Newtown-Edgemont, Pa., who edged Linares, Mexico, 2-1. Good sportsmanship was the hallmark of other teams participating in the Series--Fast Trail, British Columbia, Canada; Tampa, Fla.; Rota, Spain; and Northridge, Calif.

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