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Norwalk Little League

Norwalk Little League 1952 World Series Champions

Aug. 29, 1952, still rates as one of the all-time great moments in Norwalk sports history. The1952 "Boys of Summer" representing the Norwalk National Little League took everyone by surprise by winning 11 straight games. Back then, all tournaments were single elimination, there was no room for error. Norwalk played 11 games -- three in the districts, three in the states, two in the regionals, and three more in Williamsport -- and they won all 11.  They came from behind in nearly half their games. But under the guidance of manager George Buschbaum and his assistant Jack Sutton, they always found a way to win and advance. All 12 players contributed, but no one more so than Ralph DiMeglio. In fact, the Norwalkers could have been eliminated in their very first game if not for DiMeglio, who hit two home runs, drove in all four runs, and pitched the last inning in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Park City American of Bridgeport. In the district championship game, DiMeglio threw a no-hitter while Julio Landa, the other star on the team, belted a two-run homer as Norwalk beat Stratford 2-0. In the state championship game in Naugatuck, DiMeglio hit a pair of solo homers while pitching a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Norwalk beat East Hartford 2-0.  After DiMeglio helped Norwalk wrap up the state title, the locals beat Pittsfield, Mass., 4-2, in the regional semifinals to set up a showdown against Fall River, Mass., for the right to go to Williamsport.  They won 17-1.  The car loads of fans from Norwalk who made the trip to Williamsport had plenty to cheer about as the local all-stars came from behind in all three games. In its first game, Norwalk trailed Whiting, Ind., 6-0, but rallied to tie it on a DiMeglio grand slam. Then after falling behind again 7-6, Landa belted a three-run homer in the fourth and Norwalk added an insurance run in the fifth to pull out a 10-7 win. The Norwalkers came from behind again in the semifinals to beat San Diego 3-2, setting up a championship game matchup against Monongahela, Pa. And once again they fell behind, trailing 3-2 before rallying for two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a dramatic 4-3 victory. Norwalk, Connecticut, was the 1952 Little League World Series champion.


Team Roster:

 

Manager:  George Buschbaum
Coach:     John Sutton

Players:

Bob Avery
John Avery
Robert Bardani
Harry Brower
Ralph DiMeglio
Tony DiMeglio
Peter Federici
Marcus Greggos
Robert LaMorte
Julio Landa
Charles Mages
Richard Masi
David Newbauer
Peter Pollard
Ronald Rogowski
David Voorhees

Field Status

Open Open

Broad River (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Broad River #2 (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Broad River #1 (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Veterans Park (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Vets Park #2 (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Vets Park #1 (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Fitch Field (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Fitch Field (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Brookside (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Brookside (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Open Open

Bayley Beach (03:02 PM | 04/23/19)

Open Open

Bayley Beach (12:12 PM | 04/29/19)

Closed Closed

Wilton (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Wilton YMCA (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Miller Driscoll Field (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Wilton TBD (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Closed Closed

Weston (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Weston TBD (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Bisceglie park (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Closed Closed

Fairfield (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Fairfield Woods Middle School (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Tunxis Field (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Fairfield TBD (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Dover Park (10:26 PM | 06/25/17)

Closed Closed

Stamford (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Stamford TBD (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Scalzi Field (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

West Beach (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Springdale (12:36 PM | 07/07/16)

Closed Closed

Vine Road (09:55 PM | 05/12/17)

Closed Closed

Northrup Field (09:55 PM | 05/12/17)

Open Open

Capprizzio Field (10:00 AM | 07/10/17)

Closed Closed

Darien (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Darien TBD (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Darien 5070 (09:55 PM | 05/12/17)

Open Open

McGuane Field Upper (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Tokeneke Schools (10:26 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

McGuane Field Lower (10:41 AM | 06/27/19)

Closed Closed

Redding (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Redding (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Ridgefield (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Ridgefield TBD (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Aldrich Field (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Scalzo Field (03:43 PM | 07/17/17)

Open Open

Fitzgerald Field (09:59 PM | 07/02/18)

Open Open

Jensen (11:35 AM | 06/27/19)

Closed Closed

Westport (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Westport (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Burr Farms (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Westport TBD (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

120 Compo Rd N (12:48 PM | 06/26/17)

Open Open

COLEYTOWN NORTH (09:21 AM | 06/27/19)

Closed Closed

Milford (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Milford (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Greenwich (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Greenwich (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Bridgeport (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Closed Closed

Bridgeport (01:44 PM | 05/25/16)

Open Open

Batter Box (06:14 PM | 07/01/16)

Open Open

Batters Box (06:15 PM | 07/01/16)

Closed Closed

Honey Hill (09:55 PM | 05/12/17)

Closed Closed

Field 1 (09:55 PM | 05/12/17)

Open Open

Trumbull (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Field 1 (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Field 2 (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Field 3 (09:21 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Trumbull TBD (09:42 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Norwalk (09:37 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Norwalk TBD 1 (09:37 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Norwalk TBD 2 (09:48 PM | 06/25/17)

Open Open

Norwalk TBD 3 (09:48 PM | 06/25/17)