Rotterdam Wins Babe Ruth World Series

Rotterdam won the Babe Ruth League World Series in 1980.  Rotterdam scored 73 runs in four games to dominate the district competition.  A suicide squeeze in their final game brought home the winning run to give them the New York State Championship.  Then, they won the Mid-Atlantic Regional title.  The World Series was held in Williston, North Dakota.  Rotterdam blew their first opponent away, 25-5.  A game in which they set many World Series records.  They lost to Fort Pierce, Florida in their second game, then regrouped and won their final four games, beating Fort Pierce in a re-match and Hawaii.  Catcher Tom Franceski, shortstop/pitcher Randy Strijek and outfielder/pitcher David Hartman made the All-Tournament team.  Other members of that all-star team were:  Fred Saccocio, Joe Milazzo, John Marco, Bob Esposito, Bob Anderson, Bob Schroll, Wrandy Seaburg, Bob Frank, Joe Ziobrowski, Joseph Sacilia, Paul Caulkins, and Scott France.  The manager was Fred Saccocio Senior.  The coaches were Tim Tegiacchi, Frank Milazzo, and Bob Esposito Senior.  Many mambers of that squad were on the 1977 Carmen little League All-Star team that competed in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Frank Milazzo was the manager of that team.

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