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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2007 > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Little League World Series Photographer Putsee Vannucci

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Little League World Series Photographer Putsee Vannucci

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Oct. 16, 2007) – Putsee Vannucci, who photographed every Little League Baseball World Series since its first year in 1947, passed away on Oct. 12. He was 86.
Putsee Vannucci, left, a native of Williamsport, photographed every Little League Baseball World Series. At the 2003 World Series, he was recognized by Stephen D. Keener, right, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, during a ceremony on Howard J. Lamade Stadium where the stadium’s photo well was named in his honor. Mr. Vannucci recently passed away at the age of 86.

Mr. Vannucci, a native of Williamsport, was founder and owner of Vannucci Foto Services, which opened in 1946.

In 1990, Little League Baseball and Softball presented Mr. Vannucci with the W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award which offers special recognition of an individual who has demonstrated a generous and loyal relationship with Little League.

During the 2003 World Series, the photo well at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, where photographers work during the annual World Series games, was dedicated in recognition of Mr. Vannucci’s contributions. The honor highlighted his 60-year career in photography.

He 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, including several on display in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.

“Putsee Vannucci was a wonderful friend to Little League,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Putsee created images that inspired the imagination of Little League fans around the world. Through his camera lens he captured Little League history that will forever remain compelling, and we are saddened by his passing. He will be sadly missed.”

Passionate about his work, Mr. Vannucci was a founder and charter member of the North Central Pennsylvania Photographers Association. He won numerous Associated Press awards and had photos published in Life magazine.

In 1999, he was inducted into the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for his role in preserving the history of sports in the Susquehanna Valley.

Mr. Vannucci is survived by his wife, Maxine, three children (daughters, Bonnie Jamieson and Tammy Frederick, and son, John) and five grandchildren.

 

Putsee Vannucci photographed many memorable Little League Baseball World Series moments. These photos are on display in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.