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Pieces of Our Past: October Week 2

Pieces of Our Past: October Week 2

Artist Depicts Highlights of 2007 World Series Championship


A poster commemorating the 2007 Little League World Series Championship title won by a team from Warner Robins, Ga., is among recent acquisitions at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.

Designed by artist Gary McDuffie, also of Warner Robins, the poster titled “On Top of the World” portrays some of the highpoints in the team’s final game. Mr. McDuffie is familiar with Little League because his son played several years ago.

In addition to proudly proclaiming the Southeast team as the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series Champions, the 3-2 win at 6:24 p.m. will be forever etched in the minds of the players because a rendering of the scoreboard with the final score is included on the poster.

The victorious team poses with the 2007 World Series Championship Banner, happy to show off the plaque commemorating the win.

Another highpoint on the poster depicts an exalted Manager Mickey Lay, with arms raised, displaying the plaque and waving his hand in the No. 1 symbol.

The names of each player, manager and coach are listed on the poster. Other renderings on the poster include a slide into a base, a phenomenal catch, the pitcher’s windup, a hit, a base runner, jubilation by teammates when they won as well as a Southeast player consoling a player from Japan immediately following the game.

Team members were:  Keaton Allen, Dalton Carriker, Zane Conlon, Hunter Jackson, Taylor Lay, Nick Martens, Payton Purvis, Kendall Scott, Hunt Smith, David Umphreyville, Micah Wells and Clint Wynn. Manager Lay and Coach Mike Smith also are pictured. Not pictured, but listed on the poster are coaches Mike Conlon and Tommy Morris.

The poster was donated by John Randall Dempsey, a manager in the Warner Robins American Little League.  There were 1,000 posters made and the one in the museum is No. 239. It will be placed in the Little League World Series timeline exhibit in the Museum’s World Series Room.

During the August 26, 2007, game, Dalton Carriker slugged an eighth-inning walk-off solo home run in the dramatic 3-2 victory at Lamade Stadium. Relief pitcher Kendall Scott pitched 5.2 innings of one-hit ball, striking out 10. When he reached his pitch limit of 85, teammate Zane Conlin finished the job by striking out the only Japanese player he faced.

This research was made possible through a General Operating Support Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The Museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and by group appointment from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Its hours are extended during the summer season. 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. Group rates and tours are available. The Museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.

The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.