Walter "Pop" Smith League does well at World Series
(8/28/2006) The Walter “Pop” Smith Little League returns to New Haven today victorious after winning all three exhibition games at the Little League Baseball World Series Jamboree in Williamsport, PA.
The 13 players and three coaches return to Bowen Field, adjacent to James Hillhouse High School, today between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Coach Johnson is available by cell at (203) 710-1630.
The 13 players from New Haven prevailed against teams from three other cities – North Richmond, Va., Pelham, NY and Pittsburgh. The New Haven league was one of only four little league baseball teams in the country to be invited by the Little League Urban Initiative to participate in the Little League Baseball World Series Jamboree, August 24-26, 2006. Coach Greg Johnson said this is the first time in more than 30 years that a New Haven team has been selected to represent Connecticut. They played against the North Richmond Little League (Richmond, Va.); Wilkinsburg Little League (Pittsburgh, Pa) and Pelham Parkway Little League (The Bronx, N.Y.).
Pop Smith Little League was afforded the opportunity to play in exhibition games during the World Series through an Urban Initiative that is funded by Minnesota Twins’ outfielder Torri Hunter and other Major League baseball players in a bid to see more diversity in baseball. Walter Pop Smith Little League was founded in the early 1950’s and officially charted in the Little League program in 1956. Walter Pop Smith Little League services the New Haven Community and provides organized baseball to over 400 children annually. In 1974 Walter Pop Smith Little league went undefeated through regional play and earned the right to represent the East in the 1974 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Over the years Pop Smith Little league has earned other district, and state accolades and has participated in a very competitive district and state.