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The story of Cody Webster, playing for the little league for the town of Kirkland, WA, experiencing the unexpected, unprepared and unwanted attention he faced after taking part in the biggest upset in the history of Little League.

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Al Szymanski

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Al Szymanski
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Episode credited cast:
Mike Adams Mike Adams ... Himself
Brian Avery Brian Avery ... Himself
Marlene Avery Marlene Avery ... Herself
Robert Avery Robert Avery ... Himself
Don Cochran Don Cochran ... Himself
Shawn Cochran Shawn Cochran ... Himself
Bill Cook Bill Cook ... Himself
Bob Costas ... Himself (archive footage)
Erik Jonson Erik Jonson ... Himself
Dave Keller Dave Keller ... Himself
Jim McKay ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Peterson Mark Peterson ... Himself
Bill Schwartz Bill Schwartz ... Himself
Tom Seaver Tom Seaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Cody Webster Cody Webster ... Himself
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On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and a small group of schoolyard friends from Kirkland, Wash., sat anxiously in a dugout waiting to take the field for the championship game of the Little League World Series. Their focus was just about what you'd expect from any 12-year-old: hit the ball, throw strikes, cross your fingers and then maybe -- maybe -- you'll win. Adults in the stands and watching from home saw a much broader field of play. The memories of American hostages and a crippling oil crisis were still fresh; the economic malaise of the late 1970s still lingered; and the new President was recovering from an assassination attempt even while confronting new threats from the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, back on that tiny baseball field in Williamsport, Penn., where America's game was celebrated each summer, no American team had won a true international Little League World Series Championship in more than a decade. When the Kirkland players rushed from their dugout that day, they stepped ... Written by ESPN Films

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31 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Very Good Look at the Downside of Little League
3 September 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: Little Big Men (2010)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another impressive documentary for the ESPN series starts off as a celebration but quickly turns to a message film for parents. The first portion of the film follows Kirkland, Washington's baseball team as they quickly go the ranks to making the Little League World Series where on August 28, 1982 they were able to beat Taiwan who had won nine of the previous eleven titles. This uplifted the country, which had been in a big dark spot but soon the lives of the kids and most importantly star pitcher Cody Webster turned upside down. Cody became a target for many other kids and even many parents who would heckle him by calling him fat among other things. This forced the talented kid to pretty much give up the game he loved. I'm sure most people are going to go into this film thinking that the entire thing is going to be about the championship but that portion is over pretty quickly. The darkness of the second half is pretty sad when you consider this game was taken so serious by so many and in the end it was only the kids who ended up hurt. Thankfully the majority of the kids are interviewed here and that includes Webster who still seems to be effected by the events after winning the title game. I think the message of parents and how they handle kids and their sports is very clear without it ever becoming preachy. That message is without question the most memorable thing about this episode and I'm sure those kids who were pushed too hard will feel the impact.


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