Little League World Series 2011: 5 Most Memorable Moments of All Time

Neri SteinFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2011

Little League World Series 2011: 5 Most Memorable Moments of All Time

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    For kids aged 11 to 13, no stage is bigger than the Little League World Series.

    The first World Series took place in 1947 and at the time was only for teams in the United States.

    It has since expanded, and now, 16 teams from all over the world come to Williamsport, Penn., each August for the biggest competition of their lives.

    Before action gets underway for the 2011 Little League World Series, let's look back at some of the tournament's most memorable moments.

5. Jackie Robinson Visits

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    Jackie Robinson paid a visit to the Little League World Series in 1962, the same year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

    The next year, the LLWS was televised for the first time on ABC.

     

    Photo courtesy of mlb.com 

4. 1976, Ban on Non-U.S. Teams Lifted

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    In 1975, a ban was placed on non-U.S. teams participating in the Little League World Series.

    The ban was rescinded after just one year after plenty of criticism. 

3. 1976, U.S. vs. International Team Becomes Regular Occurrence

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    Starting in 1976, a title game has been played between the United States and an international team.

    The U.S. has 12 championships to the international's 23. 

2. Sean Burroughs

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks current third basemen originally made a name for himself as a pitcher in the Little League World Series.

    Burroughs helped pitch his Long Beach, California team to the championship in 1992 and '93 and gained plenty of his admirers with his interview skills, telling David Letterman he wanted to be a gynecologist when he grew up. 

1. Danny Almonte Throws Perfect Game

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    In 2001, the young Danny Almonte threw the fist perfect game in the Little League World Series since 1957 in a round-robin game on the way to his Bronx team finishing third. 

    However, it was soon discovered he wasn't quite young enough to be playing in the LLWS.