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A Piece of the Past - April 2007

A Walk-Off Hit

The walk-off hit that drove in the winning run in the 1993 Little League World Series Championship game is among the photographs and memorabilia that can be found in the World Series Room of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.

The hit by Jeremy Hess, a member of the Long Beach, Calif., team is forever etched on record because it was caught on film by photographer Jack Fleischi. As a result of Jeremy’s hit, the West Region team defeated a squad from Panama 3-2.

The game is considered one of the most thrilling finals in Little League World Series history. Plus, it was the second consecutive Little League World Series championship win for the All-Star team from Long Beach.

What makes the 1993 game photograph unusual is that the baseball and its red stitching are so clearly visible. The photograph captures the ball in flight, and before players from Long Beach or Panama and the crowd react to the hard-hit ball which eventually struck the fence. A second later, Jeremy’s teammates and the crowd erupted in pandemonium. The hit ultimately sent the winning run home.

Mr. Fleischi, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., used a Nikon N8008 camera equipped with a 28-85 mm zoom lens to make the photograph. Mr. Fleischi, who was thrilled that he had photographed the game-winning hit, was flabbergasted when he identified the red seam on the ball which is captured forever in flight as it zipped by the Panama pitcher’s head.

Mr. Fleischi recently donated the photograph and comments about the photograph and game to the museum. He presented Jeremy Hess with a copy of the photograph in 1993.

The Long Beach pitcher for the championship game, Sean Burroughs, was a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in 1998. He also played for Team USA, which won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

The museum is at 525 Route 15 Highway about two miles south of Williamsport. It is open for its winter hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Summer hours are from Memorial Day through Labor Day and are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The facility is accessible to the disabled.

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