As you watch the Little League World Series gets under way this week, impress your fellow LBM friends by noting that Little League was the brainchild of Carl E. Stotz, a bill collector and inside sales rep at Lundy Lumber in Williamsport, Pa. Some of the lumberyard employees' children were among the first to take the field.

Stotz (shown here with two early players) drew up the rules, organized the teams, and recruited Lundy Lumber to become Little League’s initial sponsor; a $30 donation was enough to buy uniforms for the first three teams. "Uncle Tuck" Stotz ultimately became commissioner of Little League Baseball, a title he held through 1955. Lundy Lumber ultimately became Lundy Construction, which remains in business to this day continues to support the Little League movement.