Little League Manager Mike Maietta

Mike Maietta helped to start the Schenectady Little league in 1949, and it came to fruition and began its competition in 1950.  During the 1950s, Maietta, a very knowledgeable baseball man who was way ahead of his time, managed three all-star teams that competed in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  The 1953 team lost to Birmingham, Alabama in the championship game.  His 1954 team won the champshipship, and his 1959 squad finished third.  In the four decades that Maietta managed little league all-star teams, he won thirteen district titles, eight sectional championships, six New York state titles, and three regional titles. As a player, Maietta played baseball in the Can-Am League, New York – Penn League, Georgia-Florida League, and the Mid-Atlantic League.  As a little league manager, his teams were well-schooled in the fundamentals, and he was a very strict disciplinarian.  A true student of the game, Maietta called every pitch from the dugout.  He sent several players on to pro ball, and three of them played in the major Leagues.  Ed Barnowski, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in 1965 and 1966; Jimmy Barbieri, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Billy Connors, who pitched for the New York Mets.

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