• Carl Stotz the founder of Little League Baseball, In 1938 found himself unemployed. Carl's former employer, Pure Oil Company, shut down its plant in Williamsport after the construction of an oil pipeline across the mountains. As the depression drew to a close, job openings became more plentiful, but good jobs were still scarce. Carl tried many jobs during the next two months.
     
    He worked for one night shift at a Venetian blind factory, dip-painting the blinds into foul-smelling paint, he could only take one shift like that. He earned $40 for designing the landscaping for an ice cream plant, using the plants he cultivated in a vacant lot near his home. The money help, but the experience in horticulture came in handy when the need arose to cultivate the grass on a baseball field. Carl applied at a hardware and lumber company - no luck there. He applied at Lundy Construction Company and showed the owner, Richard Lundy, some drawings of a compact home he designed. That didn't pan out either - yet.
     
    Finally, a former boss from Pure Oil called and offered him a job with a company in Bellefonte. Carl stayed in Bellefonte for only a week, earning $121. Returning home for good he called on Lundy Construction again, this time finding success. If the Pure Oil job had worked out, and the Stotz family had moved to Bellefonte, Little League might never have been born - or Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, could have been the home of the Little League World Series!
     
    Information from: Play Ball!: The Story of Little League Baseball By Lance Van Auken, Robin Van Auken