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The drama in Little League baseball often rivals that of the Major Leagues with angry coaches, fiery umpires, and parents who take to the field to start brawls with the opposing team. Under pressure to succeed, the determined teenage players of today's Little League teams display incredible athleticism and maturity.
One of the best teams to grace the game includes the Monterrey Mexico Industrial League team of 1957 and 1958. Mexico sent the first international team ever to score back-to-back Little League World Series championships. In 1957, notable player Angel Macias pitched the only perfect game ever seen in the championship game of the World Series.
The Taiwanese teams of the early 1970s also dominated the game with multiple wins at the World Series. The 1973 team from Tainan, Taiwan allowed zero runs from opponents in their three games of the championship. No other team in Little League history has matched this feat.
Today's heavy-hitters in the League would include players of Japan. This small yet mighty island nation has managed to qualify for nine championship games since 2000 and won the title in 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012, and 2013. One Japanese team, the Musashi Fuchu team out of Tokyo, has appeared three times in the final game.
Likewise, residents of California have cause to take pride in their teams as the state has sent players to the World Series four times in the last decade. A team from The Golden State has also won five times since the introduction of the championships in 1947. Players from California won the World Series three years in a row from 1961 to 1963.