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Photographers Putsee Vannucci, Russ Tinsley to be Recognized at Little League World Series


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 12, 2003) – Two photographers who between them have more than 85 years of experience at the Little League Baseball World Series, will be honored this August at the world’s greatest celebration of youth baseball, it was announced today during the annual World Series Luncheon at Little League Baseball International

 Putsee Vannucci of Williamsport, Pa., who has photographed every Little League Baseball World Series since the first in 1947, will have the photographers’ well in Howard J. Lamade Stadium named for him. The photographer’s well in Little League Volunteer Stadium will be named for Russ Tinsley of Tarzana, Calif., who has volunteered his time to be Little League’s official photographer for more than 30 years.

  “These two gentlemen have captured the Little League Baseball World Series and other Little League events like nobody else,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “They have both managed to take the essence of a great youth sport and transfer it to paper, and we are grateful that they have helped us to preserve our rich history.”

Mr. Vannucci, a Williamsport native, began his photography career here during World War II for the Williamsport Sun. He documented many of the fires and floods of the second half-century of the 1900s, and some of his celebrity photos still hang in the lobby of the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Williamsport. Most of his photographs of the Little League Baseball World Series make up the bulk of Little League’s extensive collection.

Mr. Tinsley is the founder, owner and CEO of Echo Sound of Burbank, Calif., a leading Hollywood post-production sound company that has won 11 Emmy Awards. He started in the television industry in 1955 as an apprentice film editor at CBS, and came up through the ranks to become assistant post production supervisor on programs such as “The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mr. Ed," "Green Acres," and "Petticoat Junction." He donates his time, paying his own travel expenses not only to Williamsport to photograph the Little League Baseball World Series, but to places such as Poland and China, to document other Little League events. 

Mr.Vannucci and Mr. Tinsley will be honored together at a Lamade Stadium ceremony preceding the 8 p.m. game on Aug. 17 between the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regional champions at the Little League Baseball World Series.