Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1971

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1971, history of the youth sports event and the games.


In an overtime thriller, the Tainan Little League from Taiwan exploded for 9 runs in the 9th inning to down Gary, Ind., 12-3 and thus return the Little League flag to the Far East.

As some 32,000 fans watched, the 2 teams battled to a 3-3 tie at the end of the regulation 6 innings. Then in the top of the 9th, Tainan cracked the game wide open, garnering 9 runs to demolish the Gary contingent, the 1st all-Negro squad in Series history.

Led by Lloyd McClendon, Gary's ace moundsman, the Indiana representatives jumped to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning when with 2 men on base McClendon unloaded his 5th Series homer into the centerfield crowd.

The Far East champions notched one run in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th to lock up the game at 3-3.

The Tainan barrage began in the top of the 9th and wound up with 6 hits, 4 walks, 2 bunts, one sacrifice fly, and one wild pitch as the Gary squad appeared to fold.

The hero for the Pacific. Little League was Chin-Mu Hsu who set a strikeout record of 22 for the Series.

The consolation game went to Wahiawa, Hawaii, 3-1 over Madrid, Spain. Other teams participating in the Series included Caguas, Puerto Rico; Brockville, Ontario, Canada; Augusta, Me.; and Lexington, Ky.

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