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History of Kirkland American LL

By VP Operations, 04/05/18, 10:30AM PDT


Since 1951

Kirkland Little League, the grandparent of Kirkland American, was founded on March 22nd 1951, now the oldest Little League in Washington State. Initially, there were only four Major Baseball teams - the Pirates, Tigers, Dodgers and Red Sox - with 12 players each ages 10 thru 12. The league drew from the entire Lake Washington School District, including Kirkland, Juanita, and all of Redmond through Issaquah.

Games were played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the old Peter Kirk Field, with the second game played under the lights. There were no weekend games. Uniforms were not taken home but left in lockers at the Civic Center, home of the Kirkland Performance Center. Later they were stored at Everest Park in our equipment storage room still being used today. They were only washed once a year! Yuk! The uniforms were wool and buttoned up the front.

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