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Walpole Little League History
1939 -
Little League Baseball is founded by Carl Stotz, who enlists help from others in the community. Mr. Stotz, George Bebble and Bert Bebble are the first three managers. ... A $30 donation is sufficient to purchase uniforms for each of the first three teams, named after their sponsors: Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber, and Jumbo Pretzel. … The first season is played in a vacant lot near the outfield fence of Bowman Field.
1943 -
A home run fence is added to Original Little League Field. Until that time, all home runs were “inside-the-park.”
1950 -
Walpole residents Dick Harrison and Les Tarbell begin to organize Little League for the town.
1951 -
"A Letter in 5 Parts" is distributed to the residents of Walpole. An unofficial Walpole Little League is started in the summer of 1951 with 223 players. Download the original letter.
1952 -
Walpole is granted its official Little League Baseball Charter. 250 players are organized into 6 major league teams and 10 minor league teams.

June 1952 - A league is born!

In June 1952 the corporate charter was presented to Walpole Little League Baseball Incorporated. Present at the ceremonies were front row from left: Joe Tarbell, Billy Daley, Jackie Glebus. Back row from left: Atty. Janice Wilkins, Secretary of State Edward J. Cronin, WLLB president Lester Tarbell, and WLLB treasurer Herb Lewis.  - Caption from a local paper.
1996 -
Lester J. Tarbell documents the "Birth of Little League Baseball in Walpole." Download Les Tarbell's historical summary.
2002 -
Walpole Little League celebrates its 50 year anniversary!
2007 -
Walpole American Little League earns a berth in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. defeating Connecticut Shelton National 14-4. Members of both teams said the overall experience was one they will never forget. The game was played before 5,371 fans and an ESPN audience. Walpole finished their run at the World Series with a 1-2 record after being knocked out by the Southeast champs from Warner Robins, Ga.