A Grand Stand for Youth Baseball Little League founder Carl Stotz (center with ball) visits one of the earlier teams. Stotz later became a Lion, and Lions clubs helped popularize Little League (story on page 24). Melvin at the Bat Maybe our founder Melvin Jones had a premonition that a Lion would establish Little League (story on page 24). Or maybe just about any picnic in 1914 included a few innings of the national pastime. The picnic at Dellwood Park in the Lockport area near Chicago was for members and family of the Business Circle in Chicago, which Jones led and became part of Lions Clubs when it began in 1917. That’s Melvin in the batter’s box and on the mound, women competing in a nail hammering race and Business Circle members, well, standing in an uneven circle.
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