Franchise Is Granted For Sykesville Pony League

April 7, 1960

Word has been received here this week that the application for a franchise to operate a Pony League in the Sykesville area has been granted and the league will operate this year under the rules and regulations of Pony Baseball Inc., with National headquarters at Washington, Pa.

Pony League is for boys aged 13 and 14. Any boy whose 15th birthday falls on or after August 1st of the year in question is eligible to compete in and complete that playing season in Pony League. Any boy born on or between August 1, 1945, and July 31st, 1947, is eligible to play in Pony League in 1960.

Organized in 1951, Pony League Baseball was designed to provide opportunities for graduates of Little League Baseball to continue their development. The purpose of the program is to provide wholesome, supervised recreation for boys, to teach them sportsmanship, team work, self-reliance, and other attributes needed by citizens of the future as they are reflected in the game of baseball.

The program is characterized by its cut down diamond, halfway between the size of the Little League field and the regulation field, and its two year span of players.

Pony League has grown steadily from 8,176 players in 1951 to 59,415 in the past year.  The play is climaxed each year by a World Series held in Washington, Pa.

Long Beach, California, won the 1959 title. Other teams to win the coveted trophy were San Antonio, Lufkin, Texas, and Miami, Fla.

Any boy who is eligible and who lives in the league territory which includes Sykesville, West Friendship, Finksburg, Mt. Airy, Woodbine, Gamber, Winfield, Taylorsville, Berrett, Marriottsville, Lisbon, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Daisy, Cooksville, Glenelg, Woodstock, Ellicott City or in any other town in the vicinity, may sign up on Saturday afternoon at the first official practice session which will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Springfield Hospital diamond. Registrations will be accepted before, during and after the practice session by league officials. Managers and coaches are asked to be present at this session.

Work on the field, which is located on Obrecht Road, will be started this week and it is anticipated that the playing surface will be ready for the inaugural game, the date to be announced in the Sykesville Herald.

The next regular meeting of the adult members of the league will be held at Sykesville High School Room 2, on Tuesday, April 12th at 8 P.M. Any adult, whether he or she has a boy participating or not, and who has an interest in young people is urged to be present at this meeting to lend support to this very worthy enterprise.

Officers of the local organization are: Dr. Howard Hall, president; David Daley, secretary; Rev. Henry Brown, treasurer.

Jack Ringley, Larry Duncan, Herman Munahan, Jim Dyer and Dave Daley will have charge of registrations.

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