Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1970

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1970, history of the youth sports event and the games.


After a drought of 3 years, the Little League title came back home this year in a championship game that pitted Wayne, N.J., against Campbell, Calif. The Garden State lads won it, shutting out California, 2-0.

However, it wasn't the big bats of the Jersey Little Leaguers as expected, but the great defensive plays executed in the field and a big 2-out, 2-run double by little Dave Shaver that won the game as some 30,000 fans cheered.

Wayne threatened in the 1st inning and then bunched 3 hits together in the 2nd to get the needed runs on the scoreboard.

Ron Webb singled to short centerfield and moved to 2nd on Bill Lee's bunt. Bob Houghton pinch-hit for Tom Olsen and beat out a chopper as Webb rambled over to 3rd.

Mike Fantau took a called ball and Houghton steamed to 2nd; the stage was set. Fantau struck out, however, and that put little Shaver in the limelight. The youngster stepped in and lined a double to centerfield where it bounced past Kevin Linnane, enabling Webb and Houghton to scamper home with the 2 big runs.

California managed to get men on base in each inning but the 6th, but the tight defensive play of the fired-up Wayne Little Leaguers shut the door each time.

In the consolation tilt, Chinandega, Nicaragua, blanked Highland, Ind., 3-0. Other teams participating were Chiayi, Taiwan; Nashville, Tenn.; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.

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