Little League® International mourns the passing of Clarence Louis Baity, a player on the 1947 “Maynard Midgets,” the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship team from Williamsport, Pa. He was 85.
Born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., Mr. Baity was a player in the Maynard Little League, one of the first local leagues chartered by Little League Founder Carl E. Stotz. In 1947, Mr. Baity and his Maynard Midgets Little League team defeated Lock Haven Little League, 16-7, to win what is considered the first Little League Baseball World Series Championship.
The accomplishments of the Midgets team have been featured in various national publications such as Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post; and are remembered in the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, located on the Little League International complex in Williamsport.
During his childhood, Mr. Baity became recognized for his work ethic and athletic prowess as a multi-sport athlete. He earned himself the nickname “Scrap iron” for his strength and toughness.
Mr. Baity moved with his family to Inglewood, Calif., where he chose to serve his country, joining the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged following his service and buried with full military honors.
Professionally, Mr. Baity was well known for his photography. He worked for Teen Screen Magazine, photographic many prominent celebrities and sports figures throughout the 1960 and 70s. During his earlier years, he also worked in the steel manufacturing industry, and later spent time as a construction contractor.
Quite active in the Inglewood community, Mr. Baity often committed large amounts of time to a variety of charitable endeavors, most involving children.
Mr. Baity is survived by his children, daughters April and Wendi; sons, Angelo and Louie. He was preceded in death by his wife Oretta; and youngest son, Duey. The Baity family established a GoFundMe page to help offset the expenses of Mr. Baity’s funeral and internment.