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Auburn’s run is remembered

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I read Todd Mordhorst’s article about the Auburn Little League Champs of 1959 with great interest (Journal, July 19). It was my good fortune as umpire-in-chief of Auburn’s Little League to attend the games in Williamsport. Todd’s recap was excellent except for a couple of items. William Jansen, Sr. was not a player, but was the president of Auburn Little League and was also in Williamsport for the games. The Auburn team’s semi-final win was over Schenectady, N.Y., not Shipensburg, Penn. As an interesting sidelight to Little League play in Auburn, Lloyd Beggs and others started un-sanctioned little league play with four teams, playing on James Field in the early 1950s. After a few years, the current Rec Field , located next to James Field, was built. That was followed by the building of Beggs’ Field. The 1957 team, featuring Fred Sunada, Bob’s older brother, was undefeated in post-season play. They could not go to Williamsport as the Auburn team was in Boys Baseball of America for a year, before regaining Little League status. Thanks for your article on Auburn sports of the past. Bill Jansen, Auburn