The Tinoots, Riles & the World Series

The Tinoots – Known to many close friends as the Tinoots, or simply noots, retired fireman, Ray Tannatta, was a solid baseball player in his youth.  A lefty thrower and hitter, he played in the Schenectady Babe Ruth League on Golf Road.  Tannatta hit with power, and he had a strong and accurate arm from deep in the outfield.  Tannatta had a great sense of humor, and he always kept his teammates loose.  Today, he continues to have that same funny manor.

The Riles – In case you’ve forgotten or might never have known, Pat Riley was named NBA Coach of the Year three times.  I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

Little League World Series – It’s already been mentioned that Schenectady Little League won the World Series in 1954, finished second in 1953, and third in 1959.  The year after Schenectady took all the marbles (1955), it was won by Morrisville, PA.  Mexico won the title in 1957 and 1958.  But the most dominant team in Little League World Series history is Taiwan.  They won it in 1969, 1971-1974, 1977-1981, 1986, 1995 and 1996.  The first LL World Series was played in 1947 and Williamsport , PA. (home of the Series) beat Lock Haven, PA. 16-7.  Through 2005, Staten Island is the only New York team other than Schenectady to win the Little League World Series.

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