The Sterling boys who thrilled residents of Loudoun County and the Washington metropolitan area with their winning exploits during the summer of 1974 are coming home to roost in their laurels.
Friends, fans, supporters, coaches and players are invited to reminisce about that special summer April 25 at the 40th year reunion, set for 8 p.m. to midnight at O'Malley's Pub in the Sterling Holiday Inn.
The team will also be honored April 26 during a special Opening Day ceremony at Bill Washington Park in Sterling. The event will take place at Jeff Cobb Field beginning at 8:30 a.m.
A championship season to remember
From early July through late August in 1974, 15 Lower Loudoun Little League Senior Division baseball players ages 14-15 won six straight games against long odds and established teams from the Shenandoah Valley, Norfolk, Richmond and North Springfield to win district and state championships.
Keeping their winning streak alive, Lower Loudoun traveled by airplane to Louisville, Ky. to beat the odds again. The local squad defeated state champion teams from West Virginia and Kentucky in best-of-three series to win a division title.
With no time to lose due to rain outs, Lower Loudoun flew from Louisville to Atlanta, then rode an old rickety school bus to Elberton, a little hamlet 20 miles northwest of Athens for the next round of competition.
Lower Loudoun defeated a state champion team from Texas before falling twice to the eventual national champions from Florida.
Newspaper headlines and articles in the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Washington Post and Evening Star touted the feats of these boys.
Crowds heralded them at ticker tape parades and ceremonies twice at Bill Allen Field in Sterling upon their return from the state and regional tournaments.
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors recognized their outstanding sportsmanship in a proclamation presented to them at a special session.
These boys - who were special in many ways on and off the diamond - are coming back home after 40 years to enjoy their fields of dreams. The Sterling community would do well to celebrate their return and special goodness all over again.
1974 LLLL Senior Division team roster
-Manager: Ben Anch
-Pitching Coach: Dan Fritz
-Bench Coach: Rodger M. Wood
-Coach: Hubert Goode
-Coach: Tommy Thompson
Danny Fritz (deceased)
Curt Sieber (deceased)