Baseball History The Little League World Series of 1963

About the Little League World Series baseball tournament held in 1963, history of the youth sports event and the games.


California maintained its domination of the World Series, as Granada Hills Little League claimed the crown nipping the Eastern Regional representative, Stratford, Conn., 2-1 in an extra-inning affair. This was only the 2nd extra-inning championship game since the Series began.

Utilizing the curveball pitching of Dave Sehnem and the slugging of Ken Kinsman, Granada Hills took the lead in the 4th inning with a booming homerun off Stratford pitcher Johnny Slosar.

Connecticut, however, came back in the top of the 5th to tie it at 1-1 when Harold Smith garnered a single, moved to 3rd, and scored on a passed ball.

With the score tied at the end of the regulation 6 innings, the title game moved into extra innings. In the home half of the 7th Kinsman lined a single to center, Fred Seibly grounded to the pitcher, and Kinsman was out on the force at 2nd. On the double play attempt, the throw to 1st went wild and Seibly took 2nd. He then scored when Jimmy (Nails) Walker hit a short looper behind 1st base. The play at the plate was high and Granada Hills had a 2-1 victory.

The number of teams in the Series was cut to 7 when the team from Tokyo, Japan, was with-drawn at the last moment by action of the Japanese Government. Teams remaining in the competition included Houston, Tex.; Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada; and Monterrey, Mexico. In the consolation game, Duluth, Minn., defeated Izmir, Turkey, 3-1.

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