Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1972

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1972, history of the youth sports event and the games.


The Far East continued its dominance in Little League Baseball, winning its 5th World Series in the last 6 years as Taipei, Taiwan, captured the flag with a 6-0 shutout over Hammond, Ind.

Taipei, which allowed only one run in 18 innings of series play got 4-hit pitching from Chen Chih-Shun and power hitting from Lin Hsiang-Jui. John Davis, a left-hander, tried in vain to silence the Taipei batters. Lin tagged Davis for a home run in the 2nd.

George Leonakis relieved Davis in the 3rd and the Far East youngsters promptly scored 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 errors as the Indiana defense fell apart before the 30,000 fans.

Mike Rozgeny got 2 of his team's 4 hits. Chen struck out 12 and did not issue a walk.

Once again the title game was beamed back to Taiwan, where national interest was high.

In the consolation game, Pearl City, Hawaii, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, battled to a 5-5 tie over the regulation distance. The game was called due to a noon curfew established to assure time for the title game.

Other teams making the trip to the stadium included Madrid, Spain; New York City, N.Y.; Vienna, Va.; and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. All 8 teams concluded the series with a 3-day tour of Washington, D.C.

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