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Monday, June 4, 2007

History of Glen Oaks Little League

The Glen Oaks Little League originated in 1951 and continues to grow and thrive in recent years. Only 6 years after it's inception, the same year that the Brooklyn Dodgers played their final game in New York, the 1957 All Stars were undefeated champions of the annual Dugout Tournament, which was an unofficial inter-league ad hoc committee involving 12 leagues from Nassau and Queens.

The 1957 All Stars hosted a game on July 27, 1957. They invited the All Star Team from Maracaibo, Venezuela, the home of Luis Aparicio

The Maracaibo 1957 All Star from Venezuela traveled by steamer to Miami and then arrived by train in NY.

It was a thrilling game, lost in extra innings. The win was decided in favor of the Venezuelan team by one run, 5 to 4. It has been estimated that over 300 people witnessed the game.

Grown men still get misty eyed recalling the play by play.

Then in 1958 when the Glen Oaks Little League was only 7 years old, the All Stars became the first time ever District 26 Queens-Brooklyn champions and finalists. It was not until 1964 that this feat was duplicated. Ironically, both teams lost to Staten Island Little League teams.

1 comment:

flozelle said...

The Oval is really named Tenny Park. Look for the post titled "The Oval" to learn more of the history of this park.