In was their journey here that set two landmark moments in 1957 at the Little League Baseball World Series - a triumph that, when considering the circumstances that surrounded them, seemed unreachable.
Their journey, depicted in the film "The Perfect Game," opened in theaters Friday.
The movie details the true story of the ragtag Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico, and its ultimate rise from gritty sandlot baseball to its capture of the first championship title for an international team. It also historically spawned the only recorded perfect game in the history of the Series thus far.
Though scenes of 1950s-era Williamsport are depicted in “The Perfect Game” film, much of it was filmed at Little League’s Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., according to Little League International’s website. A photo of the film’s poster is shown at right.
Beneath the guidance of Cesar, played by Clifton Collins Jr., a down-and-out aspiring Major League coach, the movie portrays the team's ability to overcome obstacles laced with parental disapprovals and the social discriminations of a 1950s-America by faith and reverence for the game.
Intermixed with snippets of actual footage of the team's road to the championship, the movie gives viewers brief, recognizable glimpses of the team's time here.
Some of the footage includes downtown Williamsport to images of the thousands surrounding and seated in a brimming, younger Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Screenings of "The Perfect Game"
WHEN: Today and Sunday at 12:20, 3, 6:30 and 9:10 p.m.
WHERE: Great Escape Theatres
However, many of the film's "Williamsport" scenes were shot at Little League's Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., according to Little League International's website.
But that didn't stop a few locals from turning out to catch the first showing of the movie at The Great Escape Theatres at the Lycoming Mall Friday afternoon.
John Crossen, a Montoursville resident, said knowing the film documented the team and its historic game here was what brought him to the early-afternoon matinee.
"I hope they re-release it during the Series," he said as the credits rolled. "I thought it was a great movie. With everything going on, it's nice to see something that's nice."
Loyalsock Township resident Mike Juran said he remembered seeing an advertisement in a Little League program a few years ago about the movie, and has been waiting for it to come to theaters.
"For some of us, we never actually saw this (game) happen," he said, adding he enjoyed the film and its depiction of the team's victory.
According to Little League International's website, the Monterrey team not only dominated in 1957 but returned the following year to repeat the same feat.
The film was written by W. William Winokur and directed by William Dear, who also directed "Angels in the Outfield" and "The Sandlot 3."
In addition to Collins, it also stars Cheech Marin, Emilie de Ravin, Jake T. Austin, Moises Arias, Jansen Panettiere, Ryan Ochoa, Patricia Manterola and Louis Gossett Jr.
This film is rated PG.
For more information, and to view the movie's trailer, visit www.theperfectgamemovie.com.