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1975 Little League World Series Book Back in Print

By. Dr. John Reizer

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the craziness taking place in the world. I ‘ll get back to all that information soon enough.

Today’s article has to do with something from my past and I wanted to write about it here so interested individuals could access the pertinent information through Internet search engines.

In the summer of 1975, I had an opportunity to play on a baseball team that won the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The experience was quite life changing and transformed me into the communicator, teacher and writer I am today.

Prior to this event, I was an introverted twelve year old who had difficulty expressing his thoughts to others. But the grand stage of playing baseball, in front of millions of spectators on national television, and interacting with sports reporters for over six straight weeks, magically changed me into an outgoing individual. Suddenly, I had lost the fear of speaking in public and found an interest in writing stories and eventually books.

After the Little League World Series, I authored a short book that chronicled our team’s success. I was still twelve years old when I wrote the manuscript, and it was published my freshman year in high school.

Over the past several years I have had many people contact me about this book. They wanted to obtain a copy, for one reason or another, and were unable to do so. Unfortunately, the book went out of print years ago, and the copies that were in circulation after the book’s publication have long since disappeared.

There are a few copies still floating around, and for sale on the Internet from antique book sellers, but those copies are not easy to acquire and quite expensive. Because there continues to be a demand for the book by baseball historians and some people residing in Ocean County, I have decided to republish the work and make it available once again.

It’s my hope that interested parties will enjoy reading, “Once in a Lifetime: The Story of a National Championship Little League Team” (the Second Edition) and reliving one of the most exciting sports events to ever impact the town of Lakewood, New Jersey and the entire Jersey Shore community.