The World Series Room of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum showcases a jersey and ball representing an amazing story from the 2005 Little League World Series.
The black and red jersey representing the Northwest Region from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is a recently added artifact, but nonetheless shows a fantastic moment in Little League Baseball World Series history.
The team was the first from Hawaii to win the Little League World Series and did that by going undefeated, besting teams from the Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and West. Not only did they win the championship game by defeating the Caribbean Region champions fromWillemstad, Curacao, NetherlandsAntilles, they won it in extra innings with a walk-off home run.
This was only the second walk-off home run in the history of championship games and the third time since 1971 that a championship game was forced into extra innings.
The game, which lasted two hours and 43 minutes, was nip and tuck with EwaBeach earning the first run in the second inning. Willemstad followed with three runs in the third. Hawaii scored another two in that inning, tying the game. After being down 6-3 in the fifth inning, the team from Hawaii scored three runs in the sixth to tie it.
Then the Northwest’s lead-off batter in the seventh inning, Michael Memea, stepped up to the plate and slammed a home run to clinch the victory.
The game ball is on loan to the Museum from the Memea family. The ball reads: “August 28, 2005, World Series versus Curacao; walk off in the seventh inning with a final score of 7-6.”The ball and Michael’s jersey are among the many items displayed in the museum’s World Series room.
Michael Memea and his teammates are just one of the teams to accomplish great things during their time in Williamsport. The World Series Room captures many exciting moments in championship history and allows visitors to take a look at World Series memorabilia from the beginning to the most recent, like the jersey and homerun ball from the 2005 Little League World Series.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day. During the World Series, the museum is open for extended hours. The facility is accessible to the disabled.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. For more information, call the museum at 570-326-3607, or click here for more information.