Baseball History Third Little League World Series in 1949

About the third Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1949, history of the youth sports event.


New steel bleachers, the result of a $7,500 community fund-raising effort, greeted the thousands of fans attending the 3rd annual Little League National Tournament, August 24-27, 1949, at the original Little League field on West 4th Street, Williamsport.

Eight teams were entered in the tournament from the 400 Little Leagues then operating in 25 States. To commemorate this 3rd tournament, Williamsport officials issued a special cachet to be used on all mail going from the city.

Lock Haven Little League, defending its 1948 championship, went down to defeat, 3-0, in the Series opener against Pensacola (Fla.) Little League. The Florida team went on to reach the final game where it was defeated by Hammonton, N.J., 5-0 before more than 10,000 fans.

Hammonton was making its 3rd appearance in Little League tournament play and was the consolation winner in 1948. Joey DiGiacomo, a left-hander, gave up one hit, struck out 14 and walked 2 in gaining the victory.

Bridgeport (Conn.) Little League won the consolation game, 12-1 over Corning, N.Y. Other teams participating in the 1949 tournament were Lafayette, Ind.; Canton, O.; and North Charleston, S.C.

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