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Isabella Newcomer waits for her Little League softball game to begin in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. She is a great granddaughter of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making her a fourth generation Little Leaguer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Little League began 75 years ago with three teams and a big dream: to teach boys the fundamentals of baseball along with values like teamwork and sportsmanship.

Today it's a global enterprise with 2.1 million baseball players and a long-running TV contract for its signature event, the 10-day Little League World Series, played each August in South Williamsport.

Little League is marking its 75th anniversary with a new PBS documentary, a partnership with Major League Baseball and a website that's collecting players' memories and photos.

With thousands of local leagues in 50 states and more than 80 countries, Little League's appeal remains little changed from June 6, 1939, when the eager boys of Lycoming Dairy and Lundy Lumber met in the inaugural game.


Steve Hauser coaches his grandson, Owen Newcomer, before a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. He is the son of Dick Hauser who played
Steve Hauser coaches his grandson, Owen Newcomer, before a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. He is the son of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making him the second and Newcomer the fourth generation to play Little League. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) (Ralph Wilson/AP)


Dick Hauser watches his great grandson, Owen Newcomer,  play a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. Hauser played on one of the original
Dick Hauser watches his great grandson, Owen Newcomer, play a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. Hauser played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) (Ralph Wilson/AP)


Steve Hauser coaches during a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. He is the son of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little
Steve Hauser coaches during a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. He is the son of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making him the second of four generations to play Little League. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) (Ralph Wilson/AP)

Isabella Newcomer watches the batter during a  Little League softball game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. She is a great granddaughter of Dick Hauser
Isabella Newcomer watches the batter during a Little League softball game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. She is a great granddaughter of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making her a fourth generation Little Leaguer. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) (Ralph Wilson/AP)