Young Dwight Gooden Led His Team to the Little League World Series but Wasn’t Allowed to Play in Williamsport


Dwight Gooden is one of several players from the famed Belmont Heights Little League program in Tampa, Florida, to play Major League Baseball, a list that includes the likes of Gary Sheffield and Derek Bell.

But while Sheffield, who is Gooden’s nephew, and Bell had the honor of playing on the grand stage of the Little League World Series, Gooden didn’t. It’s not that he wasn’t good enough to play for the Belmont Heights team that represented the state of Florida in Williamsport in 1973, it’s just that he wasn’t old enough.

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