Little League Baseball: the early years

1953 April 11 – Little League held its first formation meeting. First president is Bart Pope. May 20 – Opening day parade in downtown Trail. First managers: Andy Bilesky, Don Ireland, Rico Martin and Bus Algar. First four teams: Canadian Legion, Gyro, Kinsmen and Rotary. Opening ceremonies on May 30 with with master of ceremonies Ernie Gordon calling on David Caroll, who plays for the Legion, to sing "O Canada.” Some players of the day: Tom Harry, Sid Gallamore, Garry Ferro, Garry Morris, Al Cristofoli, Bob Hanson, Robin Siddall, Ron Lakes, Larry Hayton and Lee Hayton.
1954 May 31 – second draft of major leagues takes place. Coaches: Lee Hayton, Tony Frie, Harrow Rothery, Brownie Pollak, Murray Bowen, Jim Morris and Andy Bilesky. Allstar game between East and West Trail took place on Labour Day weekend. Final team standings: Rotary, Kinsmen, Gyro and Legion. A new Little League park is being constructed on property donated by the Rotary Club immediately in front of the new armories in Shavers Bench. Top batters: Jim Broom, .521; Don Lee, .508; Dave Morris, .448; Don Daloise, .447; Keith Benson, .442. Players: Mike Piper, Enzo Santori, Glyn Harper, Ken Parisotto, Keith Benson, Garry Toffolo, Lloyd Tanner, Gordon DeRosa, Dan Daloise, David Morris, Ken Miscisco.
1955 June 13-25 – Little Leaguers parade city streets. Trail Little League president is Dante Poscente. Mayor E.G. Fletcher delivered message from City of Trail. Final team standings: Kinsmen, Gyro, Rotary and Legion. Top batters: Gary Ferro, .875; Gerry Moro, .750; Ken Parisotto, .750; Winston Fayant, .750. Top pitcher: Gary Ferro (Kinsmen) 7-1. Players of the day: Don D’Arcangelo, Larry Della Mattia, Don Lee, Neil Porcellato, Ron Parisotto, Don Murray, Stan Trozzo, John Thompson, Tom Pearson, Mel Unger, Brian Pipes, Allan Bunn, Ken Uzeloc, Albert Benson, Jimmy Bishop, Dennis Zinio, Keith Healey, Tommy Bird, David Limacher, Donald Larmour.
1956 Kiwanis top Kinsmen 7-3 in league opener. Kiwanis playing last year under Rotary banner recorded its first win in 1956. Winning pitcher Winston Fayant also hit the only home run. Players: John Rice, Paul Turner, Larry Brandt, Ken Kozlowski, Norman Booth, Wayne Baker, Don Stewart, Winston Fayant, Phillip Seymour. Trail Little League Orioles downed Kiwanis of Jaycee Little League 9-2 to win the East-West Little League finals two games straight. Winning pitcher Lynn Thorne gave up only five hits while loser Jim Porcellato allowed 10 hits.
1957 Tournament held in Trail. Teams were from West Trail, East Trail (Jaycee League) and one team from Alberta. East Trail beats West Trail 7-4. Home runs from Warren Longpre, Bruce Bowen and Mervyn Neil. Nino Cristofoli singled in Ray Truant for one of West Trail’s runs. Winning pitcher B. Bowen, losing pitcher J. Porcellato. East Trail went on to defeat Taber, Alberta 5-3. Trail declared ineligible in Port Orchard, Washington because of not listing pitching records. Trail beat New Westminster 6-4 on two-run homer from Tom Bird. Officials decided to forfeit 6-0 because of ineligibility.
1958 July 23 – Little League classic between Jaycees (East Trail) against West Trail in Butler Park. After three years West Trail defeats East Trail behind the pitching of Larry Brandt by a score of 5-2. John Rice hit the only home run in the game for the West. Winning pitcher Brandt had eight strikeouts and allowed three hits. Pitchers for East Trail were Barry McGillivary and Donnie McLeod.
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