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Little League WS Bans Foreign Teams - 1975 If you can't beat 'em--ban 'em! The Little League World Series became a truly international event in the mid-1960s. Teams from Asia and Central America began travelling to South Wiliamsport, PA to compete against the best American teams. Embarrassingly for the Americans, the foreigners began to win regularly. So, of course, the only logical thing to do was to ban the foreigners! At the 1975 LLWS, only four teams competed--all regional champions from the U.S. Lakewood, New Jersey defeated the Belmont Heights Little League of Tampa, Florida in the championship game on August 23. This was the only LLWS in which Little League banned all non-US clubs from the tournament. After a justifiable uproar of criticism, the ban on foreign teams was rescinded the following year. An American team did not win the LLWS again until 1982. Below is a photo from the 1975 tourney, showing Wilbert Davis of Tampa scoring a run. Davis was killed in action in Iraq in 2003.
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Added: 10th September 2011
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Posted by: Classico on 2011-09-11 
Unfortunately, several Asian teams did cheat by using players who were too old to be of Little League age. I remember that there was a scandal in the Philippines because someone finked on the team by publicly admitting that one player was overaged. Still, instead of banning teams, more steps should have been taken to insure that only 12 year olds played. Those steps have now been taken and, because of that, we have seen more USA teams win like they did this year.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-09-11 
Classico is correct. I made a post a few week ago about the scandal involving the Philippines team in 1992. Overage players and players from outside the designated districts were being used to form 'super-teams'--giving them a huge advantage over those who played by the rules. It was long suspected that the teams from Chinese Taipei did that too. I remember one commentator joking that some players from Taipei were leaving their wives and kids at home to play in the LLWS.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-09-11 
That was one of the stupidest decision that was ever made. Did it make baseball better? It only made Americans look like sore losers because they couldn't beat them. That's like banning the old Soviet Union from playing ice hockey because they were good.
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