Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Angel Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series

Angel Macias, ambidextrous pitcher - threw a perfect
game in the 1957 Little League World Series

Angel Macias, an ambidextrous pitcher from Mexico, threw a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series. Macias set down all 18 batters, in six innings, from the Northern La Mesa Little League to win the Little League World Series.

TIME Magazine, Monday, Sept. 02, 1957

Ambidextrous Angel

By the time they got to Williamsport, Pa. last week, the barnstorming little ballplayers from Monterrey, Mexico were just about worn out. They had beaten their way across country for a month, had played and won eleven games from Texas to Kentucky.

Coach César Faz called on his best pitcher, ambidextrous Angel Macias, a twelve-year-old 88-pounder with a fine assortment of curves and sliders, plus a plain, old-fashioned fast ball under disciplined control. Against Bridgeport, Angel had played a flawless game at shortstop. He can, in fact, play any position on the team—becomes a southpaw on first base, a righthander in the rest of the infield, whatever he happens to feel like when he switches to the outfield. At bat, he is a "turnover" hitter like his hero Mickey Mantle.

Pitcher Angel studied the La Mesa lineup, saw mostly right-handed hitters and decided to pitch right-handed. The big crowd (10,000) which had seen him play excellent ball in the field saw him in a perfect performance on the pitcher's mound. He allowed no hits, struck out eleven, walked not a single boy. And his team breezed to the title, 4-0.

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The 1957 Little League World Series took place during August 1957 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This was the first LLWS tournament to include a team from outside of the United States or Canada, Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The Mexican team defeated Northern La Mesa Little League of La Mesa, California, in the championship game of the 11th Little League World Series. In the championship, Angel Macias pitched a perfect game for the Mexicans, the first perfect game thrown in the Little League championship. (Wikipedia)

The Little League World Series’ Only Perfect Game

In 1957, Mexico’s scrawny players overcame the odds to become the first foreign team to win the Little League World Series

  • By Jim Morrison
  •, April 06, 2010

Angel Macias, number 8, was 5 feet and 88 pounds, a rare ambidextrous player. This day, he decided to throw only right-handed. Lew Riley, his opponent on the mound, led off for La Mesa, drilling the first pitch down the first base line. “It was just foul by an inch,” recalls Riley, who now lives in Yorba Linda, California. “That was as close as we’d come to a hit.”

Angel Macias was signed by the Los Angeles Angels and invited to their first spring training in 1961 as a 16-year-old. He played briefly for the Angels in the minor leagues before going on to a career in the Mexican League.

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Other perfect games at the Little League World Series

Mexico pitcher tosses perfect game at LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An ice pack strapped around Jesus Sauceda's potent right shoulder slipped down into his jersey, interrupting a post-game interview.

It was about the only thing Sunday that went wrong for the 13-year-old ace pitcher for Matamoros, Mexico. Sauceda pitched the fifth perfect game in Little League World Series history and the first in 29 years when he struck out all 12 batters in a 12-0 win over Emilia, Italy.


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