Financially, Little League is not so little anymore.
Since the opening game between the Lundy Lumber and Lycoming Dairy Boys in 1939, Little League Baseball of America Inc. has grown to a multimillion-dollar organization involving 2.5 million players worldwide.
From its Williamsport, Pa., headquarters -- where this year's Little League World Series opens Tuesday -- executives direct an organization featuring 16,500 baseball and softball leagues in 50 states and in 40 countries, including China and Poland.
As a nonprofit corporation, the league last year made more money than ever, according to a Harrisburg Patriot-News review of its tax reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
It had total assets last year of $14.6 million, up from $12.3 million in 1988, and made more than $1.2 million from selling the Little League name, including $1 million from corporate sponsors. . . .
Designated hitter Orestes Kindelan started a six-run eighth inning with a homer and Cuba went on to defeat Nicaragua, 11-5, to win the world championship in Edmonton. The home run, Kindelan's third in two games, broke a 5-5 tie. The Cubans won the best-of-three series, 2-0, for their 20th world title since 1938 and fourth in a row in which they have competed.