The junior midget division was created 16 years after the first New Era Tournament because of a surge in the number of youths playing baseball.
In that first junior midget tournament, Hertz and the Manheim Lions matched up in what Sportswriter Bill Carroll called “a tight, tense struggle that almost made you forget these were mere 14 year olds.”
Hertz led 1-0 before the Lions scored one in the top of the sixth and five in the seventh to claim the crown.
A year ago, the Manheim Lions were back on top when they claimed the 50th Junior Midget championship in this tournament. In between, the organization claimed four other titles – in 1985 and a three-peat in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
We’re privileged to have as our guests tonight, to commemorate the 50th anniversary, members of those 6 Manheim Lions championship teams.
From 1961, welcome Jerry Peters, Jim Mather, Tom Cantrell, Gerry Kulp and Rich Michael and Dwight French.
Team members unable to make it tonight are Bruce Nock, Larry Graybill, Randy Carper, Terry Sides, Barry Lewis.
And we want to remember deceased members of that first championship team – Bill Travitz, Flip Hilton, Alvin Gibble, Larry Sangrey, coach Joe Kilgore, coach Royal Trantz, and Dave Kilgore, who was killed in an accident during the season.
Congratulations and many thanks to all the players and coaches for joining us.