In 1938, Carl Stotz and several young boys, including his nephews "Major" and Jimmy and myself, helped to "Lay Out" the playing field located at the end of an old golf course. A monument has been placed to dedicate that spot which is to the left of what has mistakenly been called "Original Field" for years.
If memory serves me correctly, the distance was changed between the pitchers mound and home plate by the first game in 1939.
The "original field" question has now been agreed on - outside Bowman Field. But several years ago Fred Sanders ("Little League's Original Babe Ruth") and myself discussed a ball field we played on before the move to 4th Street.
That lot was located on Memorial Avenue at the end of what we (back then) called "The Motors". However, "The Motors" expanded and built on that lot.
Then the 4th Street field was created and used for many years.
I was chosen to play for "Steins" in 1940, who replaced "Jumbo Pretzel", one of the original four teams.
Not being chosen to play for "Lycoming Dairy" I returned the uniform and missed-out on having my name listed as one of the early players.
I'm trusting an 82 year old memory in recalling those early years.
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