Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1969

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1969, history of the youth sports event and the games.


Hopes of returning the Little League crown to U.S. soil were dashed in this Series that saw a new entry, Taiwan, blank Santa Clara, Calif., Little League, 5-0 before an estimated 27,000-30,000 fans.

The Little Leaguers from Taipei, Taiwan, proved to the many fans that they could play baseball. When the game ended, many said it was the best team ever to play in the World Series.

The California lads tried gamely in the 1st and 3rd innings when they had men on 1st and 2nd and 1st and 3rd respectively. Each time they failed to furnish the scoring punch. They never threatened again.

In a hectic 2nd inning Taiwan capitalized on 3 hits, 2 passed balls, 2 stolen bases, a walk, and a wild pitch to post a 2-run lead.

They added 2 more runs in the 4th inning when they combined 2 hits with 3 Santa Clara errors to pad their score.

For the 1st time the consolation game ended in a "no contest" by agreement of both teams after 9 innings of play with the score tied 1-1 between Elyria, O., and West Tampa, Fla. The game was called in order that the championship game could begin on time.

Yankee great Mickey Mantle, was the sportscaster of the day for ABC-Television. The championship game was broadcast to Nationalist China where it was heard in the wee hours of the morning.

Other teams participating in the series included Newberry, Pa.; Wiesbaden, Germany; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; and Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.

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