Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1957

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1957, history of the youth sports event and the games.


As Little League Baseball moved into the 11th annual World Series a new era was dawning, an era of foreign competition and a complete realignment of geographical areas covered by the growing program. As a result, only 4 teams were in the '57 Series.

Arriving to compete in the tournament were the Monterrey (Mexico) Little Leaguers--a team of mighty mites who immediately became the "darlings" of the Series.

Riding on the strong pitching arm of Angel Macias, the poised, pint-sized youngsters from south of the border proved they could play baseball to the point of perfection as they shut out a big La Mesa, Calif., team, 4-0 for the Little League crown.

Chewing gum with a vengeance, Angel proceeded to twirl the 1st perfect game for the title. The ambidextrous youngster, who not only pitched and batted from either side of the plate, had his right-hand fastball and curve working to perfection. He faced the minimum 18 batters, striking out 11. His teammates, playing smoothly behind him, never permitted a ball out of the infield.

Monterrey scored all 4 runs in the 5th inning in a rally that saw 9 Mexican batters stride to the plate. Although Lew Riley, the California pitcher, tried hard to stem the tide, it definitely was Monterrey's day.

In the consolation game, Bridgeport, Conn., defeated Escanaba, Mich., 4-3.

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