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Danny Almonte Scandal 2001 Remeber Danny Almonte? He was the 5-foot-8 star pitcher at the 2001 Little League World Series. Almonte struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced. He threw a perfect game too. Danny was honored by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Trouble was Danny was two years too old to be playing in the LLWS. Danny's father, Felipe, had falsified Danny's Dominican Republic birth certificate so it read 1989 instead of 1987. Because Danny towered over most of the other players in the tournament, accusations that he was too old were widespread. The truth was finally uncovered by two journalists from Sports Illustrated. Danny's Bronx, New York team had to forfeit their third-place standing. Felipe Almonte faced charges of filing a false document when he was deported back to the Dominican Republic. To make matters worse, there was no record of Danny attending school in the year his team went to the LLWS. He could not speak any English.
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Added: 18th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-18 
One journalist from ESPN called Felipe Almonte, 'The worst steroetypical Little League parent come to life.' Can't argue with that.

One thing that always bugged me about this whole mess: Somehow Danny himself was not held accountable. You can't tell me that a kid doesn't know if he's 12 or 14.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-08-19 
If there's any justice in the world Danny Almonte would be toiling in the minors getting shelled by the guys he struck out during the LLWS.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-19 
Eric, you'll be happy to know that Danny Almonte had a very brief and unsuccessful minor league career.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-08-21 
Cool! It's true! Justice does triumph.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-02-12 
History repeats itself, sort of: The Chicago Little League team that won the US title in 2014 was found to have been stocked with ineligible players because its league administrators played fast and loose with the residential boundaries. Following an investigation, the team was disqualified six months later.

The parents and organizers of this team aren't exactly great role models for the kids, are they?
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