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Little League World Series Ends on High Note

Bulletin: The Little League World Champion Valley Sports American Little League team of Louisville, Ky., was welcomed home by more than 10,000 fans on Monday (Aug. 26). That morning, the entire team appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’ Early Show, and MSNBC. 

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (August 25, 2002) – The 56th Little League Baseball World Series wrapped up today, with Valley Sports American Little League of Louisville, Ky., winning the final game, 1-0, against Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan. Game story here.

It marked the first time a Kentucky team has won the Little League Baseball World Series. Three teams from the Bluegrass State have reached Williamsport, but Valley Sports Little League is the first to make it to the final game.

Earlier in the day, Pariba Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, scored a 9-1 victory against Jesse Burkett Little League of Worcester, Mass., for the third place title. Game story here.

The Series featured some of the best games in Little League Baseball World Series history. You can read about each of the games, check out the teams, and see photos from each day by clicking here.

Total attendance for all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series was a record 314,168, including a crowd of 42,000 for today’s championship game. As always, no admission was charged for attending the Little League Baseball World Series. Parking was also free.

This year, a record 20 games were televised live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. The U.S. championship and world championship games were seen by more than 12 million people on ABC.