As a youngster growing up in the Piedmont section of North Carolina, baseball was a big part of summer activities. Every American Legion post in the region sponsored a baseball team for teenage boys. My community had produced the Major League batting champion in the early 1950s and baseball scouts could be spotted at local games evaluating the talent for Major League teams.
This enthusiasm for baseball resulted in a very structured Little League for ten to twelve-year-olds. And it even spawned a Farm League for nine and ten-year-olds. I can remember being an eager nine-year-old trying out for the Farm League.