Opening Day Chesterbrook Little League Baseball 1956
This is the program printed for the first ever Little League in the area
(white-only, of course). The opening ceremonies were held on June 2, 1956.
Unfortunately only the "major" league (older kids) is listed on the program
but the coaches and sponsors of the four "minor" league teams are listed at
the end. The ceremony was definitely a big deal, with the Air Force Band,
some other marching bands and majorettes, Bob Wolff (a well-known
sportscaster) and "members of the Washington Nationals" (actually Senators).
It turns out that a very young Harmon Killebrew
came, who later turned out to be one of the top hitters in all of baseball.
He autographed my hat. You can see from the program, this was a pretty
expensive production. In the years since 1947, prosperous suburbs had
sprung up all over the area. The transformation wasn't complete by 1956 but
it was well on its way. Our little enclave of GI-Bill cinderblock cubes had
become a kind of oddity, if not an embarrassment among the sprawling new
prosperous subdivisions. Today it is almost completely erased. As are the
farms, forests, creeks, and wildlife. (Speaking of hats, it might be
hard to believe but baseball hats — even the ones for kids —
were made to size in those days; personally I think they looked a lot better
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