(Transcribed from actual tape) May 20, 1984 - PM
Second Baptist School Graduation
II Timothy 1:5
The Little League, internationally, is made up of over twenty-five thousand
teams in twenty-three countries across the world. In 1957, I believe, that
one of the most unusual teams in the history of the Little League World
Series participated in that event. This team was from Monterey, Mexico.
They were an unusually small team - short in stature, they looked under-
nourished. But, my, how they played baseball. They did everything exactly
right. They won their region and they went on to the district tournament,
which took place in McAllen, Texas. All the other teams from that district
saw this little team from across the border in Monterey, and they sort of
laughed and said, "They sure look small." But somehow they won that tourna-
ment and won that district and went on to the Little League World Series,
which takes place every year in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Once again
they were the underdogs, as all the press gathered for this event that's
televised nationally and internationally. But they went through the first
round and the second round until finally miracle of miracles, this Little
League team from Monterey was playing in the final game for the international
championship of Little League.
They were playing, of all teams, one of the largest teams ever to partici-
pate in that World Series. They were from California. And they weighed all
the members of the California team and all the members of the Monterey team
and discovered that the California team outweighed the other team over
thirty pounds per player. A reporter interviewed one of the players for
the Monterey team and told them how large the team was from Cal ...
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