1957 Little League World Series

The 1957 Little League World Series took place during August 21 through 23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[1] Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico,[2] defeated Northern La Mesa Little League of La Mesa, California, in the championship game of the 11th Little League World Series. Ángel Macías threw the first and, to date, only perfect game in an LLWS championship.[3]

This was the first LLWS to invite teams from qualifying regions: North, South, East, and West. Monterrey, representing the South region, became the first team from outside the United States or Canada to participate in a LLWS, and the first non-U.S. team to win a championship.

1957 Little League World Series
DatesAugust 21–August 23
Teams participating4
ChampionMexicoNuevo León
Industrial Little League
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Runner-upUnited StatesCalifornia
Northern La Mesa Little League
La Mesa, California

Industrial Little League of Monterrey

In early July 1957, the team from Monterrey crossed the U.S. border to compete in an area tournament in McAllen, Texas. The team were issued three-day passes by the U.S. consul office in Monterrey; the plan was to play for one day and sightsee for two more.[4] Two months later, the team returned to Monterrey. Their money had run out after three days, and phone calls to Washington were needed to allow the team to extend their stay in the U.S. until they were eliminated. They never were. Led by ambidextrous pitcher Ángel Macías, the legendary Monterrey team won six tournaments, including the South Region tournament and the Little League World Series. The team was called Los pequeños gigantes ("The little giants"). Two movies are based on their story: a Mexican production, Los Pequeños Gigantes (1960),[5] and The Perfect Game (2009).[6]

Teams

Teams
Michigan Escanaba, Michigan
North Region
Jaycee Little League
Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut
East Region
North End Little League
California La Mesa, California
West Region
Northern La Mesa Little League
MexicoNuevo León Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
South Region
Industrial Little League

Championship bracket

California's first game was played a day later than planned, due to illness within the team, resulting in the third-place game also being delayed a day.[1]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
August 22
 
 
California California7
 
August 23
 
Michigan Michigan1
 
California California0
 
August 21
 
Mexico Mexico4
 
Mexico Mexico2
 
 
Connecticut Connecticut1
 
Third place
 
 
August 23
 
 
Michigan Michigan3
 
 
Connecticut Connecticut4
1957 Little League World Series Champions
Mexico

Industrial Little League
Monterrey, Nuevo León

References

  1. ^ a b "Little League World Series Opens With Big-time Pomp". Simpson's Leader-Times. Kittanning, Pennsylvania. UP. August 21, 1957. p. 13. Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ See: Mexico in the Little League World Series.
  3. ^ Morrison, Jim (April 5, 2010). "The Little League World Series' Only Perfect Game". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Southern Region Champions in the 1950s". Unpage.org. March 6, 2003.
  5. ^ "Los pequeños gigantes". IMDb. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Perfect Game". IMDb. Archived from the original on July 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010.

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