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NATIONALLY: FOUNDER OF LITTLE LEAGUE DIES

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Carl Stotz, the man who founded Little League baseball and then boycotted it because he didn't like what it had become, has died.

Stotz, who had been in failing health, was hospitalized May 27 after a fall at his home and died Thursday. Cause of death was not immediately released.Stotz organized the first Little League baseball league for his nephews and neighborhood boys in the north central Pennsylvania town in the north Appalachian foothills. In five decades it has grown to an international competition that winds down annually to a World Series that draws a great deal of attention.

Stotz began Little League in June 1939 with three teams and 30 boys under the sponsorship of the U.S. Rubber Co. He served as first commissioner of the league and was on its board until a dispute in the mid-1950s.