1958 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results

Illinois State Tournament

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Illinois State Tournament
Host - Ottawa (District 4)
At Library Park

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Kankakee Jaycees
Evergreen Park

Tournament Results:

Evergreen Park 8, Mundelein 4
Kankakee Jaycees 5, Marion 2 (7 innings)

Championship Game:
Kankakee Jaycees 7, Evergreen Park 3 (TITLE)


The Kankakee Jaycees spotted Evergreen Park a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then scored five runs on four hits, a balk, and an error in the fourth inning to overcome Evergreen Park and win their second state title. Winning pitcher Joe Wischnowski allowed only five hits (three after the first inning), and struck out eight.

The Jaycees later advanced to the World Series, where they advanced to the championship game before falling 10-1 to legendary Monterrey, Mexico's Industrial LL, which won its second consecutive World Series championship. Along the tournament trail, the Kankakee squad faced three future major league players: Marion catcher Ray Fosse, Portland (OR) Rose City's Rick Wise, and Monterrey's pitcher Hector Torres.

The Jaycee victory over Marion in the semifinals featured one of the more bizarre plays in Illinois State Tournament history. With one out and the bases loaded in a scoreless game, Jaycee batter Tom Fowler lifted a fly to right field. Maurice Jackson, the runner at third, left for the plate before the ball was caught. The rightfielder caught the ball, then threw wildly into the grandstands behind home plate. Jackson crossed the plate, as did Brian Adame, the runner at second. Jackson and Adame both retraced their steps, tagged third, and strolled home. When play resumed, Marion pitcher Mel Shadowens walked over to third and touched the base, appealing that Jackson had left too soon. The third-base umpire agreed, and called Jackson out. Kankakee argued that Jackson could not be ruled out since he re-tagged third, and contended that, if he were out, Adame's run should count since it scored before Jackson was called out. The umpires disagreed, ruling that Adame's run could not count since he passed Jackson on the basepath by virtue of the fact that he touched third and home before Jackson touched third. Plate umpire Marv Hecht, a veteran with over 2000 games of experience, called the play "the screwiest situation I ever had to decide on." The Jaycees won the game on Leon Taylor's three-run homer over the left-field wall in the top of the seventh inning.

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