Stoney Creek is the only Canadian team to make it to baseball’s Little League World Series Final.
It happened in 1965 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, before 21,000, the largest crowd in Little League history.
Stoney Creek was the Canadian representative in the four team international group. The United States fielded four teams in their group.
In the quarter finals Stoney Creek blanked Spain 6-0. They then shaded Indiana 1-0 in the semis, to advance to the final to face Windsor Locks Connecticut.
In the final, Windsor Locks scored all their runs in the fourth inning for a 3-1 victory. Stoney Creek had led 1-0 on a second inning wild pitch.
Brad Ackles had two of Stoney Creek’s hits. Joe Palango was tagged with the defeat. Ricky Ferroni made a spectacular defensive play to gun down a runner at third.
Stoney Creek was coached and managed by the late Bert Carrigan and the late George Bender.
The playing roster included Brad Ackles, Gary Bartkiewicz, the late Karl Betz, Len Bromley, Geoff Dalton, Rick Ferroni, Ron Kenny, William Lockhart, Doug McKay, Darrell Ostrosser, Joe Palango, the late Doug Smees, David Sutin and Jim Vlajkov.