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Trumbull CT Wins 1989 LLWS In 1989, Trumbull, Connecticut--population 32,000--won the Little League World series in a spectacular upset, defeating the team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan 5-2 in a thrilling game. Teams from the Far East had dominated the LLWS since international play had widened in the late 1960s. Things got so bad for American teams that foreign teams were excluded from the 1975 tournament. Teams from the Far East demolished all opposition from 1984 through 1988. In 1987 a Taiwanese team crushed the American champs from Irvine, CA so badly (21-1) that a mercy rule was adopted for the 1988 tourney. Thus few people thought much of Trumbull's chances two years later. Here is a seven-minute documentary about how the 1989 upset unfolded. Chris Drury, a pitcher on the Trumbull team, eventually became an NHL hockey player.
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Added: 22nd August 2015
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-08-22 
For years there were lingering suspicions that the teams from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) were comprised of all-stars selected from the entire island, overage players, or both. Since Little League began more thoroughly enforcing regional rules and requiring better birth records from the players, the Asian domination of the event has lessened. It is a shame, however, that some teams deliberately break eligibility rules to try to win a children's tourney. (The 2014 team from Chicago is a prime example. Only five of their players turned out to be from the district they represented.)
Posted by: Steve on 2015-08-28 
This is a fifteen minute ride from my house.
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