June 13, 1949 was the official grand opening of the DuBois Little League Field.
The History of DuBois Little League
On September 20, 1948 the DuBois Junior League Baseball was founded by A.P. Way, a local assemblyman and theater magnate he was considered the initiator and founder of the organization and named its Honorary President.
At the first board meeting the league officially changed its name to DuBois Little League Baseball. Dr. Getto was elected as the first President of the DuBois Little League.
On April 8, 1949 DuBois became the first community in northwestern Pennsylvania to become affiliated with Little League Baseball.
The four original team were; B.F. Goodrich, DuBois Rehabilitation, DuBois-Pittsburgh Company, and the Service Clubs (Lions, Rotary, & Kiwanis). The first four managers/coaches were Hugh Calvert, Chay Rogers, Hugh "Cut" Daugherty and Melvin "Booby" Wray.
The first tryouts were held in May of 1949. Tryouts lasted two weeks as 335 boys competed for 72 openings. Those not selected were placed in the playground league.
Opening day was June 13, 1949. The local fire departments led a parade to the park. There were over 1,500 people in attendance for the game opener. Carl Stotz from Williamsport (founder of Little League) threw the first ceremonial pitch to A.P. Way.
Goodrich defeated Rehabilitation 9-4 in the opening game. Gene Mikelonis hit 2 home runs and had 5 RBIs to pace the winners. He received a case of Pepsi for hitting the first home run at the new field.
In July, the first All-Star team was selected. Team members included; Don Anthony, Ray Marshall, Don Guthridge, Hal Corp, Ron Seary, Fran Beer, Ed Watson, Tony Check, Don Shaud, Terry Stiteler, Jack Good, Bob Joyce, Richie McNally, and Gene Mikelonis. DuBois lost its first game to Clearfield 5-3 in 9 innings with over 2,000 fans in attendance. Our first All-Star win came the next day against Natrona Heights 8-3.
Our All-Star teams have had great success over the years. We have had several teams win the State Championships.
Little League (1970, 1981, 1983, 1989, 1991)
Junior League (1984, 1990,1996, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2013)
Senior League (1986, 1987, 2008)
With 65 years behind us, we can look back on our past with the sense of pride and accomplishment. The DuBois Little League has provided an opportunity for thousands of area youngsters to learn to play baseball and softball. We look forward to the next 65 years and hope for even greater achievements. We realize that without the hard work and dedication of the founders as well as the many others that have donated and contributed toward the league, none of this would be possible.
WE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE DUBOIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR PROVIDING US WITH THE ABOVE INFORMATION AND PICTURES.