The Little League World Series traces its origins back to 1947, when the board of directors presiding over the original Little League organized a tournament for the 17 Little League programs in existence at the time.
This tournament was initially called the National Little League Tournament, but the name was eventually changed to the Little League Baseball World Series. Eleven teams participated in the inaugural Little League tournament, 10 of which were based in Pennsylvania, where the tournament is still played to this day.
New Jersey’s Hammonton All-Stars were the lone team from outside the Keystone State to participate in the tournament. Accounts of the championship game, in which the Lock Haven All-Stars were defeated by Williamsport’s own Maynard Midget League, were printed in newspapers across the country.
That publicity would prove beneficial to Little League, which soon had programs in every state. Nowadays the tournament has expanded even further, with teams from across the globe traveling to Pennsylvania to compete for a championship.