Remembering Kirkland Little League world champions 1982

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by VANESSA VAN HYFTE / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Right now Auburn's Little Leaguers are playing their hearts out in Pennsylvania vying for a world championship. It's a feat that's only been accomplished by one other local team, and one former player knows the pressure all too well.

The year was 1982 and Cody Webster was a 12-year-old national hero.

The shy kid from Kirkland carried his Little League team to a world championship.

"It was a dream summer and now these kids from Auburn are having a dream summer," he said.

Known as a super pitcher, Webster pitched a two-hitter, striking out 12 and hitting the longest HR in series history.

"It was as good as it gets," he said.

Now at 40 years old, he is teaching his wicked curveball to a new generation, and next week, he's kicking off a new nonprofit that will help underprivileged kids with Little League expenses.
"Hey, we're 40 years old, we've got to give back and we love it," he said.

Three decades later, we wanted to know if he still had it. Back in the day, his pitch was compared to dynamite at 75 mph.

"I think my arm's gonna fall off!"

Well, maybe it's not as fast, but his Little League legacy is strong and he's hoping a new one begins in Auburn.

ESPN is releasing a documentary on the story of the 1982 Kirkland winning team called "Little Big Men." It's the story of how they became the first American team in more than a decade to bring the Little League World Championship title back to the U.S.

Cody and his teammates will watch the debut and have an auction to kick off the nonprofit.

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