Updated: Little League now and then

Updated: Little League now and then

UPDATE June 23: We've added several photos from 1960s and 1970s Little League teams to our online gallery

We added two pieces submitted by readers, one by Bill Sutton, who recounts a memorable coaching experience, and a second by Traci Nally, who credits Little League for her career path.

And here's a cool program from the 1975 Little League tournament (It's a relatively large file, a 10MB pdf), submitted by Mark Veatch. 

As Jim Rossow wrote a few days ago in his Top of the Morning, we're looking for photos of Little League as the national organization celebrates 75 years.

Rossow heard from an old C-U player by the name of George Will, who says he wasn't much of a threat at the plate but does have a box score showing him with a double -- "and box scores don't lie."

We also heard from lifelong resident Tyrone Clapper, who sent photos of newspaper clippings of his team which played at Eisner Park in the 1950s. His team also happened to be Will's team, which also happened to be the team of one Jeff Markland, who would grow up to be mayor of Urbana.

"I know about the occupations of most of these guys," Clapper said in an email. "Lots of us stayed here, raised families, had good responsible jobs in the area.

"Little League was and still is a great role model for young men and women," he added. "Will never forget those times."

And we heard from Joel Beesley of Champaign, who sent a picture from 2005, the first season of C-U Little League Fall Ball. The roster/photo is full of current high school players, including:

Christian Wade (Centennial JV)
Dylan Grady (Centennial)
Jake Beesley (Central JV)
Jake Snider (Central)
Luke Beesley (Central)
Kai Locksley (top national football recruit)
Mike Lamb (STM JV)
Zach Dorner (Central)
Josh Caughey (Central JV)
Noah Wells (Central hoops)
Austin Stilger (Centennial JV)
 
He also included a photo from a Peanut League All-Star game.
 
We'd love to share your photos, too. Please email them to mhowie@news-gazette.com and we'll add them.
 
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