In 1956 the Roswell-Hondo Stars won the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania! The following brief description, courtesy of Trish Long of the El Paso Times, helps citizens of Roswell, New Mexico relive that poignant, city uniting moment that only a 60 year old might fondly remember! Ms Long’s role as an archivist makes all this nostalgia possible and many thanks to her. I miss those good old days when bankers would take a risk on a loan if they knew you. These days middle to low income families are sometimes forced to borrow from loan sharks increasing their financial problems further.
The following picture taken on Sunset Avenue in Roswell memorializes these young baseball player’s contribution to Roswell lore. The sign reads ” World Champion Memorial Park, Home of World Champions, World Series Aug. 21-24 1956, Lions Hondo Little League”. These little league players made their historical mark in a town where significant accomplishments are often overshadowed by UFO lore.
1956: Roswell-Hondo Stars Win Little League World Title
August 25, 1956
Special to the El Paso Times
Williamsport, Pa. – The Roswell Lions-Hondo Little League All-Stars of Roswell, N.M., defeated Delaware Township, N.J., 3-1, here Friday to win the world championship of the Little League program.
Hero of the day was Tommy Jordan, who pitched and batted his team to the first world championship held by a New Mexico team. It was his fourth-inning home run over the center-filed scoreboard with two on which put Roswell into a lead which never was threatened.
In addition, Jordan fanned 14 men, walked one, gave up only two hits and hit one batsman. The two hits included a home run by Henry (Sweet Pea) Singleton, tiny Negro first baseman, in the third inning and a single by Fred Shapiro in the second.
It was the second year in arrow that Delaware Township had lost in the World Series finals.