The Little League can trace its roots back to 1939, when there were only 3 teams playing in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
n 1953, Robert Francis Morrison filed an official charter with Little League Baseball, Incorporated to admit the Cannon Street Y.M.C.A., as its first all-black team. In 1955, when Morrison entered the Cannon Street All-Stars into the city tournament, white leagues reacted by drafting a resolution requesting a whites-only tournament. All 55 white teams eventually withdrew from the city and state tournament. The Cannon Street All-Stars became the 1955 South Caroline state champions by forfeit. However, they were informed by then Little League president, Peter J. McGovern, that they would not be permitted to represent the state at the regional championships in Georgia. Little League executives invited the Cannon Street All-Stars to attend the tournament as guests to view the World Series that they were not permitted to play in.
Up until 1973, Little League was restricted to male players only. The charter was officially changed to allow females to play in 1974.
International teams began playing in 1957, with Angel Macias from Monterrey, Mexico, pitching a perfect game.
Today, the Little League is the largest organized youth sports team organization in the world.
In January 2020, a Pennsylvania Little League district has asked players to no longer use the “Astros” name after discovering that Houston’s Major League Baseball club cheated on the way to winning their 2017 World Series title.
Little League Baseball and Softball maintain a corporate office in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.