It was 25 seasons ago that the Long Beach Little Leaguers won the World Series.
Their 1993 championship followed their Little League World Series title in 1992—no American team before or since has won consecutive titles. The team was led by Sean Burroughs then, possibly the top pitcher in Little League history. He is the only US player to have thrown back-to-back no-hitters and he also hit three home runs in the championship game.
Earlier this week Burroughs said that his team knew they would win the 1993 series.
“We weren’t cocky,” Burroughs said. “We were just confident in ourselves. We had one goal and we planned to win every game. The baseball lessons I learned carried over to middle school, high school and beyond.”
Burroughs learned his skills at Stearns Championship Park, playing on the same fields where his dad Jeff Burroughs honed his baseball skills; they both went on to play in the major leagues.
On Saturday, Long Beach Little League opened their season on those fields. League president Steve Klaus said there are 55 teams with 532 players split between five leagues—from tee-ball to the major division. More than 100 adults volunteer.
Some of the people who were a part of those teams in 1992 and 1993 are still volunteering with the Long Beach Little League. Bill Marshall was president of Long Beach Little League back then. On Saturday he umpired the first game of the season. Steve Warshaurer, 76, was on the coaching staff of the 1992 team. Now he’s the skipper of the Minor B Angels.
Burroughs has an 18-month-old son named Knox, now. Not surprisingly he has a rifle arm.
“He picks up everything and throws it; hard balls, softballs, juice cups, dishes, rocks. He’s already broken one window,” Burroughs said. “He’s quite a handful. I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”
When it does, the kid will probably pick it up and throw it.
Valerie Osier is a breaking news reporter for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier
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