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75 years on, Little League still swings big bat

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Little League began 75 years ago with three teams and a big dream: to teach boys the fundamentals of baseball along with values like teamwork and sportsmanship.

Today it's a global enterprise with 2.1 million baseball players and a long-running TV contract for its signature event, the 10-day Little League World Series, played each August in South Williamsport.

Little League is marking its 75th anniversary with a new PBS documentary, a partnership with Major League Baseball and a website that's collecting players' memories and photos.

With thousands of local leagues in 50 states and more than 80 countries, Little League's appeal remains little changed from June 6, 1939, when the eager boys of Lycoming Dairy and Lundy Lumber met in the inaugural game.

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