59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Martha’s Vineyard Little League Baseball Scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 510
Creator Martha’s Vineyard Little League Baseball
TitleMartha’s Vineyard Little League Baseball scrapbook
Extent1 box (0.252 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and photographs of Little League teams between 1952 and 1955.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 510 Martha’s Vineyard Little League Baseball Scrapbook.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Drew Kelly in 2008 (Accession no. 2008.021).

Custodial History

The scrapbook was given to Mr. Kelly, a Little League baseball coach, by an unknown local resident.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in January 2015 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in February 2015.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Material

See also, Photograph Archive 700d2.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)


  • Little league baseball--United States--History.

Biography/Historical Note

Little League Baseball was founded by Carl Stotz in 1938 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Stotz's goal was to provide young boys the opportunity to play baseball as though they were professionals. In 1947 the first Little League outside of Pennsylvania began in Hammonton, New Jersey, and by 1952 more than 1,500 programs were active in the country. The Martha’s Vineyard Little League program was started by a group of men from the Martha’s Vineyard Legion Post 9261, VFW, headed by Richard Blankenship in 1952. The league was open to Martha’s Vineyard boys ages 8-12. In the first year there were 6 teams, each sponsored by one of the following towns or organizations: Town of Tisbury, Edgartown Boys Club, Holy Name Society, MV Post 9261 VFW, Oak Bluffs Business Bureau, and Chilmark Grange. The first Little League game was played on June 8, 1952 at Petaluma Park, Oak Bluffs.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a scrapbook with articles and photographs gathered between 1952 and 1955. The articles cover the gathering interest in the program, try outs, and first games. There are team photos with coaches and umpires.

Collection Inventory


Scrapbook, 1952-1955 


Photocopies of Photographs Removed from Scrapbook, 1952-1955