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Pieces of the Past - Aloha! Hawaii's Walk-Off World Championship

The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum and Official Store has in its archives a jersey and ball representing an amazing story from the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series.

The black and red jersey representing the Northwest Region from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is remembers 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 from Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, 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 Ewa Beach 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 World of Little League Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The facility is accessible to the disabled.

Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $2 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available.

For more information, call the World of Little League museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit www.LittleLeague.org/learn/museum.htm. Friend the Museum on Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum or follow on Twitter, at: www.Twitter.com/LittleLeagueMuseum.