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In 1947, the first Little League World Series was played between two American teams. That was the way it was back then, with little to no interest or possibility of including international teams.
But a little more than ten years later, in the 1960s, the Little League was ahead of the globalization game and began including international teams from Canada, Mexico, and Panama.
Soon, many of the usual suspects--Japan, Chinese Taipai and others--were not only invited to compete but were teaching the Americans a lesson about the game of baseball.
In fact, from 1967 to 1974, only one American team was able to topple the powerful clubs from Japan and Chinese Taipei. International teams were not invited to come back in 1975 because of this, but that rule was rightfully lifted after one year.
It's been that way ever since, and it's a truly a joy to watch the youth from around the globe play the game in their own way.