Stars and Stripes, Jul.
FLINGER'S TRICKS-The national
pastime of the U.S., baseball, is finding its way into another country
in the Far East-Korea. Pint-sized hardball enthusiasts cluster around
Chaplain (Capt.) Paul D. Hutchins, Tucson, Ariz., as he demonstrates
the correct finger grip for pitching. SFC John Hoffman, Centralia,
Wash., is also picking up some pointers. (U.S. Army Photo)
They Forget Their Hunger
Yanks Bring Baseball To Eager
By PFC B. E. Fogelberg
KOREAN BASE SECTION, July 29-It's "play ball" in
Korea. Little Kim waves his bat at the plate, the crowd roars, and
the tall skinny orphan on the mound forgets his hunger and fires a fast
one. . . the game is on.
Kids are the same the world over. And, in war-torn
Korea, the youngsters have found a new game to keep them off the streets;
a game to relieve the boredom of living in poverty. It's the American
game of baseball. They love it. "Little league" baseball has been
introduced to the village of Haeundae. American servicemen are teaching
Korean boys a new sense of sportsmanship, along with an introduction
to the American way of life.
It started nearly a year ago when a chaplain from
Tucson, Ariz., saw the need for clean, wholesome recreation-an activity
which would build bodies as well as better U.S. Korean relations. Because
his son is a Little leaguer in Tucson, Capt. Paul D. Hutchins picked
BEGINNING with a letter to Tucson, Korea's first
Little league has developed into a well-organized, five-team baseball
league. The uniforms are ragged. And the field is rough and rocky.
But you can't top the spirit anywhere. Hutchins first wrote to Frank
Minarilk, Little league commissioner in Tucson, who promised help.
He passed the story on to the Arizona Daily Star, a Tucson paper which
sponsors the Little league there. The Star kept the ball rolling by
assuming sponsorship of the "Arizona-Little Korean Baseball league,"
even scheduling a Little league benefit game in Tucson to raise money
for the Korean teams.
The Korean organization has a board of officers,
a general manager, coaches, and umpires composed of servicemen. A membership
charter is en route to Heaundae from Little League Baseball, Inc., Williamsport,
Pa. Except for the location, it could be anywhere in the U.S.