All across America, springtime is the season of Little League. Those first practices on muddy diamonds. The shuffling of schedules. The new jerseys with local sponsors printed, sometimes nonsensically, across their backs (The Wine Shop Sluggers take the field!).
Little League Baseball was invented when Pennsylvanian Carl Stotz, playing baseball with his nephews, stumbled into a lilac bush. “He sat on the steps, rubbing his ankle while the boys continued to toss the ball…he had a vision.” Stotz realized in a flash that the boys would likely love playing on actual teams with uniforms and full games. (Spoiler alert: he was correct.)
But this was in 1938. Little League didn’t really take off nationwide until after WWII. And why was that?
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