THE 1948 CORNING LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM

Special - 2008

THE 1948 CORNING LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM became the first team in the history of this city to participate in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. 1948 was the first year of little league in Corning and following that first season, the organizers of the league put together an all-star team that would travel to Williamsport and compete with teams from seven other states. Although the experience proved to turn a little sour at the time when the Corning boys lost, 13-1 to a team from Hammonton, New Jersey, they could still take pride in the fact that they had a chance to compete in the Little League World Series. Members of the team included: William Paul, Henry Beck, Richard Olinger, Edward Kennedy, Harry Mourhess, Arnold Valerio, Gary Sowersby, Martin Freitas, William Housman, Brian Gray, William Lewis, Joseph Sproule (captain), John Pryslopski and Howard Morse with Bob Cozier and Russ Levi serving as managers. An interesting note about the 120 players who played that first little league season in Corning was that, according to one of the players, 63 of those youngsters went on to be veterans of military service for the United States.