East Rochester to celebrate Little League World Series anniversary

Aug. 4, 2016 Fairport-East Rochester Post, Messenger Post Newspapers

East Rochester will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Senior Little League World Champions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 at Legion Eyer Park, 100 Eyer Park, East Rochester.

The team will be inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame as the 2016 Team of the Ages prior to the Rochester Red Wings versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game.

In 1966, the East Rochester team won the competition over its opponent from La Habra, California. The team included 14 players coached by Jacque Brothers and Lionel Courtemanche.

Every 10 years, the players reunite and celebrate in commemoration of the event.

The team included John Kokinda, pitcher; Larry Brothers, first baseman; Vinny Carrozzi, second baseman; Jim Carli, third baseman; Bill Kreger, shortstop; Mark Florack, center fielder; Dick Joseph, right fielder; Ross Brothers, left fielder; Mike “Paul” Duffy, catcher; and reserves Dean “Scott” Becker, Dave Consaul, Rich Herb, Brian Manns and David Swieralski.

“Our goal is to always remember the smallest community in the world to ever win a Little League or Senior Little League World Championship,” said Martin D’Ambrose, village administrator.

Senior League Baseball, a division of little league for players ages 13-16, held its first World Series in 1961. The Senior League World Series has hosted teams from all over the U.S. and internationally. In the past 15 years, 53 senior league alumni have acquired professional league careers.

The World Series game between East Rochester and La Habra took place Aug. 20, 1966, after two semifinal rounds. Both teams arrived after defeating all other teams by single elimination.

An article from Rochester newspaper "Democrat & Chronicle” titled “Winning the Hard Way — For East Rochester” stated that “East Rochester grabbed the final rung of the tournament ladder and held on tight yesterday to win the Senior Little League World Series over a tough La Habra.”

The game was close as runs were scored by La Hara in the top of the fourth inning and East Rochester scored four runs in the bottom. East Rochester won 4-2.

East Rochester was welcomed home with ceremonies, a motorcade and a procession escorted by the sheriff’s deputies of Monroe County.