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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2014 > January-April > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

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Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League team from Williamsport, Pa., that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship in 1947, passed away on May 3. He was 79.

As a 12-year-old, Mr. Ungard was the winning pitcher for the Maynard Midgets team that defeated, Lock Haven Little League, 16-7, in the final game of the inaugural Little League® World Series Tournament, then known as the National Little League Tournament.

Mr. Ungard worked as a boiler mechanic at Keeler’s in Williamsport for many years. He was a member to the Duboistown (Pa.) VFW and the Williamsport Moose. Buzz was an animal lover, liked to feed the birds and was known as the “Birdman” of Keeler’s.

Mr. Ungard is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughters, Kim and Tamara; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several brothers, sisters and friends.

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Eddie “Buzz” Ungard, second from the right in the middle row, was the winning pitcher for the Maynard Midgets Little League team that defeated Lock Haven (Pa.) Little League in what is considered to be the first Little League Baseball® World Series championship game. Ungard, wearing the 40-8 uniform, recently passed away at the age of 79.