West LA Little League History
West Los Angeles Little League was approved for membership by Little
League Baseball Inc. of Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1951. The
application was sent with the ten-dollar fee. One of the original team
sponsors was the Westwood Kiwanis Club which remains as one of West LA
Little Leagues’ consistent supporters.
new little league fields at Ohio Ave. and Sepulveda Blvd. were named
"Bringham Field" in honor of Col. Robert Bringham, manager of the
Wes Parker played for the Packard Bell Indians, hitting .393 for the 1952 season. Wes later played for the Major League Los
Angeles Dodgers, where he was one of the finest fielding first basemen
ever, the winner of six consecutive gold gloves from 1967-1972 and a
key member of the Koufax-Drysdale-led Dodgers team that won the 1965
World Series. His .996 career fielding percentage ties him with Steve
Garvey, Don Mattingly and JT Snow for the best ever.
Horton plays in West LA Little League and goes on to play in the Majors
for the Boston Red Sox from 1964-67 and the Cleveland Indians from
1967-70. Tony continues today to coach our kids in the league, and the
league commemorates his service by Tony’s induction into the West LA
Little League Hall of Fame. A plaque is located on the major field just
outside the left field fence line.
Bill Lancaster, screenwriter of "The Bad News Bears" movie starring Walter Mathau, plays catcher for the Giants.
"The Bad News Bears" is released. The film is based on Bill Lancaster's experience playing in the West LA Little League.
Field lights installed on the major field thanks to league donations.
Rehab of snack bar completed by the league.
Field lights installed on the minor field, all funds raised by league donations.
completed on the "League House" entirely with funds from West LA Little
League Families years 2004 through 2007, as well as a donation from the
Easton Sports Foundation. A
special thanks to Jim Easton and his Easton Sports Foundation for
their significant and generous donation to the "League House"
construction project. Architect: Ned Engs (fee donated), league family. Contractor: W.S. Klem.
West LA sweeps all three Baseball District 25 Titles and Softball Majors Title. Read Article
May be the first time in District 25 history that one league has dominated the championship in all divisions.
West LA Pitcher for the 11/12 AllStar Team pitched a perfect game in the Semi Finals on the way to the Championship. Read Article
Contact the league if you have played in the WLALL and have some information to add to our history.