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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 majors 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--now Sammamish Little League-- and another serving the lower part of Issaquah--today's Issaquah Little League.

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 are district and national league fees, office supplies, website and registration software fees, player scholarships, umpires, trophies, field rental fees, field maintenance costs, field port-a-potty rental, and baseball and softball uniforms & equipment for approximately 1,300 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 an agreement with the Issaquah School District to develop baseball fields on the swampy, blackberry-infested land between Issaquah Valley Elementary and the 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. 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. Issaquah Little League's Dodd Field is 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. In 2011, synthetic turf infields were installed, ensuring more reliable play during our wet spring season, and a pathway of commemorative bricks leading from the parking lot to the fields was added.

Contact

ISSAQUAH LITTLE LEAGUE
P.O. Box 488 
Issaquah, Washington 98027

Email: [email protected]

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