58 years later, Roswell remembers its Little League World Series champs

Posted at: 08/19/2014 6:45 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2014 8:20 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Nearly 60 years ago, a New Mexico little league team did something no other state little league baseball team has done since – they won a World Series.

Tuesday, members of that 1956 team got together to talk about their historic win.

They're in their 70's now, but when the men were just 12 years old, they made history.

In 1956, they took a train from Roswell to Williamsport, Pennsylvania where they defied the odds and won the Little League World Series.

"We did something no New Mexico team has ever done," said Tom Jordan.

And no New Mexico team has won since.

Even after all these years this team still has a following.

"This little team from Roswell, New Mexico who had not even a field to play in, made it," said Taylor.

Five decades later, sitting in the middle of a Chinese restaurant, they're still talking about it.

"This experience is second to none; it's cherished by each and every one of them," said Taylor.

Today, a little league park in Roswell is a tribute to their big win. It's called World Champion Memorial Park.

The sign was installed in the early 1980's. 30 years later, it's still a reminder of the win in August of 1956.

"You know, it's a bond; it really shows how they came together as a team, and the bond has never broken," said Taylor. "What an example [this is] for kids today to experience something like this; it's a lifetime experience."

"It's something that happens once in your life, and you make friendships forever," said Ferrell Dunham.