Corky Lee, a photojournalist who spent five decades spotlighting the often ignored Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, has died. He was 73. His family said in a statement that Lee died Wednesday in Queens, New York, of complications from COVID-19. The self-described “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” Lee used his eye to pursue what he saw as “photographic justice.” He was present at many seminal moments impacting Asian America over a 50-year career. He was also a founding member of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. A private funeral service will be held in New York.
It will soon be time for the annual Little League World Series. Recently, Little League celebrated its 75th anniversary. In 1939 Carl Stotz, a Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lions Club member, started Little League with 3 teams.I doubt if he and his two cohorts, George and Burt Bebble, could have envisioned how the sport has grown in those 75 years. Little League is now world wide with almost every country having some type of program. Even the continent of Africa now sports some Little League teams.Every city in the United States with a reasonable population has its own version of Little League baseball. Not all of them join the association that leads to the World Series held in Williamsport in late summer. This is left up to the local associations and how they want their league to be run.Two programs in the Tri-State come to mind when we think about the Little League World Series. They are Brownsburg, Indiana, which currently has 5 or 6 former players now in the major leagues and Hamilton, Ohio. I am not sure how many of their athletes are or have been major leaguers. I just know that every summer it seems like both of these teams compete in Indianapolis for a Midwest title.