Broadcasts the Little League Baseball World Series

1997 Broadcast Schedule, Announcer info, and related links.

Beginning Monday, August 18th, 1997, the 50th Anniversary Little League World Series will begin at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport. All the games will be broadcast live on WMYL FM 95.5 FM. Here is the schedule of games for the Little League World Series.

 

Monday - August 18
  • 11:00 AM - GAME 1
    Europe vs Latin America
  • 2:00 PM - GAME 2
    US East vs US Central
  • 5:00 PM - GAME 3
    Far East vs Canada
  • 8:00 PM - GAME 4
    US West vs US South
Tuesday - August 19
  • 11:00 AM - GAME 5
    Europe vs Canada
  • 2:00 PM - GAME 6
    US West vs US Central
  • 5:00 PM - GAME 7
    Latin America vs Far East
  • 8:00 PM - GAME 8
    US South vs US East
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Prolog

Wilkinson Dunn

Wednesday August 20
  • 11:00 AM - GAME 9
    Latin America vs Canada
  • 2:00 PM - GAME 10
    US Central vs US South
  • 5:00 PM - GAME 11
    Far East vs Europe
  • 8:00 PM - GAME 12
    US East vs US West
Thursday August 21
  • 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM -
    No Games Scheduled -
    Reserved for Make-ups in case of Rain-outs
  • 5:00 PM - GAME 13
    INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 8:00 PM - GAME 14
    US CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday August 22
  • 3:30 PM - TEAM HITTING CONTEST
    Open to all World Series Teams not participating in the final game.
  • ALL-STAR JAMBOREE
    7:30 PM

    A 6-inning game mixing players from all teams.
Saturday August 23
  • 3:30 PM -
    LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
    WORLD SERIES
    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The announcers for the games have been behind the microphones for many years.

Gary Chrisman did his first world series on the radio in 1974, the summer before his senior year at the University of Miami. Being a Williamsport native, the World Series has been a major annual event in Gary's life. Gary says his greatest memories behind the mike are first from 1982 when Cody Webster's mammoth home run and brillant pitching carried Kirkland, Washington upset Taiwan 6-0 in front of 40,000 people. Then Chris Drury's outstanding pitching performance as Trumbull, Connecticut stopped Taiwan 3-1 in1989.

Ken Sawyer moved to Williamsport the week after the 1970 series and began his World Series coverage in 1971. His first memory is of Lloyd McClendon's brillant 9 inning battle with Taiwan. Lloyd is planning to come back to Williamsport this year for the games. Ken often talks about how the tears flowed from Lloyd when the long battle was finally lost, but after the game Ken ran into Lloyd at the concession stand. The tears were gone, the appetite was back and a young man was ready to go on with his life. The Cody Webster game was the most exciting, because it ended Taiwan's dominance of the championship game. But what Ken likes about the series is how these 12 year olds from each series team make brillant plays on the field and an hour later are swimming or playing games with the children from other teams. They are 12 year olds having the time of their lives!

Sixty-eight year old Bill Byham is very excited in getting ready to be involved with the 1997 Little League World Series for a couple of major reasons.

One of those reasons is his own personal milestone as this will be the 36th consecutive August that Bill has been part of a broadcast team at the world series! "I actually saw my first series in 1954 from the right field dike at the Max Brown Memorial Field in West Williamsport. I came away from that series telling everyone who would listen that Little League baseball was, as I saw it, a phenomena..."

That first look at Little League baseball left a lasting impression on Bill and he planned to be on hand for future series while never thinking the day would come when he would be broadcasting the series on radio. That became a reality in 1962 when the former WMPT radio station chose to begin full coverage of the annual event that brought the world to our front door here in South Williamsport. Bill bases his play by play and game analysis attitude from his many years of being in baseball. He played, as a pitcher, professional ball at several minor league levels for the Giant and Cardinal organizations, coached at both the high school and college level and served in several capacities with Little League and American Legion baseball programs in the Greater Williamsport area. He became the pitching instructor for the popular Little League summer baseball camp at the South Williamsport complex and traveled in various parts of the Eastern and Central Little League Baseball regions as part of season clinics. He still can be found working with budding pitchers in his back yard because "I believe that young pitchers need to know all they can about this most demanding position in the game."

 

Tune into 95.5 FM for complete coverage of the Little League games!
Coverage starts 15 minutes before each game.


Other Little League related sites:
Little League Baseball web site
City Bus and Herdic Trolley Little League route info


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