ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE HISTORY
Little League Baseball began with Carl Stotz of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who was watching his nephews playing baseball in his back yard in 1938. Mr. Stotz began to think about
how worthwhile it might be to bring adult baseball down to child size.\
He enlisted friends from within the community, and together they developed a plan. In 1939, they found enough youngsters and sponsors to create and outfit three teams representing a local dairy (Lycoming Dairy), a lumber company (Lundy Lumber), and pretzel manufacturer (Jumbo Pretzel). The teams met on a 60-foot diamond with scaled-down bats and uniforms. On June 6, 1939, the Lycoming Dairy and Lundy Lumber teams met in the first official Little League Baseball game.
The next day, the Williamsport Sun reported the game results with the same fanfare as its coverage of professional baseball. From there, the program blossomed. The three-team organization had grown to four by the next year, and the Little League concept began to spread to other towns. By the time the Baby Boom hit in the years following World War II, parents around the country were eager to involve their children in Little League Baseball.
In 1951 there were more than 150,000 Little League players across the nation, and Canada became the first non-U.S. nation to have a Little League program. By 1966, the program had grown to more than 1,600,000 players. In 1974, softball was added. By 1986 there were more than 2.5 million Little Leaguers worldwide. Today, millions of children on six continents are Little Leaguers.
Issaquah Little League was established in the 1971. It started out with a board of 8 people and 4 Major's teams, 6 senior teams, and 100 minor league players. It covered the entire Issaquah school district and grew to over 2,300 participants by 1996. In 1997 the league split into two separate leagues with one league serving the Issaquah Plateau and another serving the lower part of Issaquah.
Today the Sammamish Little League is as large as Issaquah Little League was in 1971. Issaquah Little League itself has almost 1,000 kids participating each year.
Did you ever wonder what expenses Issaquah Little League has? Well typical expenses that Little League encounters are office supplies, telephone, postage, NSF checks, player scholarships, refunds, umpires, trophies, web site, rent payments to area municipalities for field use maintain fields in safe playing conditions, rent required restroom facilities, purchase and maintain baseball and softball uniforms & equipment for approximately 1300 boys & girls ages 6-13. Your registration fee helps to pay for all these.
DODD FIELD HISTORY
In 1998, long time Issaquah Little League member Terry Dodd coordinated a deal with the Issaquah School District to develop baseball fields on the swampy, blackberry-infested land between Issaquah
Valley Elementary and Issaquah Schools District Administrative building. Issaquah Little League (ILL), with the help of a grant from King County, community business contributors and local
volunteers, built the two fields and play began in the spring of 2000. ILL is fully responsible for the maintenance and administration of the fields and in return has priority use of the fields.
That property is known to Issaquah Little League Dodd Field today. A truly generous and brilliant asset for our community!
Issaquah Little League's volunteers have taken great pride in maintaining and improving these terrific fields, with upgrades of sprinkler systems, fencing, bleachers, batting cages, landscaping and pathways. Those upgrades continue in 2011 with the new synthetic turf infields and the introduction of a pathway of commemorative bricks leading from the parking lot to the fields.
ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE PAST PRESIDENTS
|1981||Dr. L Michael Scott|
|1986||Edward Hulpuch, Jr.|
|2010/2011||Tom Chan (current)|