Time Capsule from 1960 Discovered at Little League International
New time capsule to be placed in May 2009
During construction on the Administration Building at Little League International, a severely rusted metal can was discovered recently inside the walls of the original building, with its contents providing insight into the direction of the organization that remains unchanged after nearly a half-century.
The can, a small time capsule, contained a message from the Little League Baseball Board of Directors from August 27, 1960, placed there at the dedication of the first headquarters building. The two pieces of paper that were inside, having been unprotected from temperature and humidity swings for nearly a half-century, are in poor shape and partially unreadable.
One paper contains a message from the Board, and its President and CEO, Peter J. McGovern, to the future. The other piece of paper lists all members of the Little League Baseball corporate Board of Directors who had served to that point in the organization’s history.
In the text of the message, Mr. McGovern used “children” instead of “boys,” possibly foreseeing that girls would be permitted to play at some point in the future. In most of Little League’s public communications at the time, the word “boys” was used, since the program was available only to boys until 1974.
“It is gratifying to know that the words written by Mr. McGovern nearly five decades ago also apply today,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Our goal remains the same as always, ‘to further the welfare of children, families and communities.’ ”
Construction, which is on schedule, began on the Administration Building in 2008, to add 13,300 square feet of office space, and to refurbish existing areas of the structure. It is expected that employees will begin moving back into permanent offices in May.
Also in May, a new time capsule will be placed in the building, bearing a new message from the International Board of Directors, as well as signatures of all current Board members and Little League International employees. Elements from the 1960 time capsule will be on display in the lobby of the new building, along with instructions to open the 2009 time capsule in 2059, on the 120th anniversary of Little League's founding.
The texts of the two pieces of paper in the 1960 time capsule are below
These badly deteriorated pieces of paper were contained in the metal can.
To All Who May Note Hereafter
BE IT KNOWN – This document is placed in cornerstone record upon dedication of Little League Headquarters in the year of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred Sixty marking the Twenty-First Anniversary of the Little League Movement.
Little League has attempted to establish a goal of service to youth. It has flourished through the dedicated efforts of countless thousands of volunteers, men and women of good faith, devotion and perseverance.
It is the hope of its present officers and leaders that Little League may continue to grow in order to further the welfare of children, families and communities and that it will bring wholesome constructive benefits for future generations in the expanding horizons of youth.
Acknowledgement is inscribed hereon to the vision, support and inspiration of the original sponsor, United States Rubber Company through its chairman, Harry E. Humphries, Jr., whose faith in the movement enabled Little League to bridge successfully its formative years and to grow in stature and public acceptance.
Acknowledgement is likewise made to Grit Publishing Company for the generous support, gift and deed of its President, George R. Lamade, in lasting memorial to the late Howard J. Lamade, enabling the program to consolidate its service facilities.
WHEREAS: The Board of Directors of Little League Baseball, in grateful and perpetual acknowledgment to all who shared in making possible this Headquarters Building has directed that this cornerstone be set in place,
NOW, THEREFORE I, PETER J. McGOVERN, President of Little League Baseball and Chairman of the Board, do respectfully submit this testimony, together with a record of the names of those who have served on the (illegible) …
… (illegible) distinguished leadership and vision without reward other than the satisfaction of helping Little League (illegible) …
On this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred Sixty and in the presence of those joined and dedicated to the enrichment of future generations through the enrichment of Little League, we repose this record for posterity.
To whomever shall these contents be laid open and divulged, we charge and entrust the continued vitality and purposeful pursuit of an unselfish movement in youth without parallel in the twentieth century.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James E. Axeman
Col. Theodore P. Bank
Andrew W. Brown
Dr. David Cohen
Dr. A.A. Eslinger
Carlton H. Gilbert
Robert S. Gordon
Albert E. Houghton
Howard J. Lamade
John M. Lindemuth
William F. McCloskey
G. Herbert McCracken
Peter J. McGovern
Edwin E. Peters
Thomas A. Richardson
Raymond B. Stefano
Alfred J. Stokely
Carl E. Stotz
Paul X. Tivnan
William P. Ulrich
Dr. Elmer L. Vernier
Dr. D. Frederick Wertz
Thomas H. Young