In eight-team double-elimination World Series play, Washington beat
Greensboro, NC 8-7, then stopped Marquette, IL, 8-3. After a 4-2 loss to
Washington rebounded with a 10-3 victory over San Antonio, TX , and
evened the score with Youngstown, stopping the Ohio team 6-4 in the
semi-final contest. In the title game, Washington again defeated
The team manager was Art Sandusky and the coach, John Bednarski. Players
John Phillips Jr. William Klinzing Jr. Harold Vactor, Jr. Fred Bolden,
Donald Ferrell Richard Strand James DeLaney Joseph Kern
David Bell Joseph Hagen James Brown Donald Richmond
Frank Steratore Donald Voytek Wayne DeWitt
After the World Series Washington's players enjoyed a five-day trip to
New York City, the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY and the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, where they met the Cadets legendary
coach, Earl Blake, and one of the Academy's all-time football greats,
Doc Blanchard, who was then coaching the Cadet's plebe team.
The champions also visited Stewart Air Force base in New York, where
Sergeant Joseph H. Voorhees, a Washington native, escorted them around
the base. There they viewed the operation of the 330th Fighter
Interceptor Squadron, a part of the Eastern Air Force Defense Force, and
had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a jet fighter. Cleveland
Indians pitching great, Bob Feller, was among those on hand for the Pony
League World Series that year, as well as world-famed actor and
comedian, Joe E. Brown, who was the President of Pony League Baseball,
Inc. at that time. Former St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Rip Collins
spoke at a banquet honoring the World Champs on November 9th, 1955.
President of the Washington Pony League in 1955 was J. Howard Ware, who
was among the founders of Pony League Baseball and a member of the
organization's Board of Directors for many years.