Rift repaired, Little League honors founder Stotz



SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The decades-long rift that separated Little League Baseball’s founder from his beloved program has slowly been repaired.

More than 20 years after the death of founder Carl Stotz, his family has loaned artifacts to Little League’s museum, including the first home plate used in the first Little League back in 1939. They tell stories of the beginnings of what would turn into one of the most well-known youth sports organizations in the world.

Stotz split from Little League in the 1950s over differences about the direction of the program. But Little League’s relationship with the family has been mended over the last 15 years.

Little League president Stephen Keener says the museum exhibit is another important step in the long-term healing process.