Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1968

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1968, history of the youth sports event and the games.


When the dust had settled on the 22nd annual Little League World Series, the very polite and very well-trained youngsters from Japan had chalked up their 2nd consecutive championship by edging Virginia, 1-0 before a crowd estimated at 25,000.

The Little Leaguers from Wakayama, Japan, capitalized on 2 errors in the 4th inning to post an unearned run. Hideaki Higashide, the Japanese pitcher, then tied the Richmond, Va., batters in knots to preserve the win.

Wakayama's run developed when with one out, Takauki Nishide walked. Tim Reid, a fine catcher with a strong arm, tried to pick off Nishide at 1st. Reid's throw went into right field and the alert Nishide motored to 3rd.

The throw-in was fielded by Roger Miller who slipped and fell as the ball rolled away. Nishide, who had paused at 3rd, broke for home. It looked like Miller could still make the play at the plate, but Reid was given another error when he dropped Miller's throw and the run scored.

Richmond, which showed plenty of power in winning its 1st 2 Series games, just couldn't cope with Higashide's curve ball.

The consolation game was won by Santa Ana, Calif., with a 1-0 victory over Sherbrooke-Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. Other teams sharing the excitement of Series play included Chinandega, Nicaragua; Terre Haute, Ind.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Wiesbaden, Germany.

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