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Baseball rarity: players who hit youth and adult heights

For young boys who play baseball, making it to the major leagues is often a dream. Imagine, therefore, how exciting it must be to play in both the Little League World Series and the big-league World Series. Only nine players have ever achieved this rare "double," a goal certainly of many of about 250 in the 62nd annual Little League World Series, which culminates Aug. 24 with a nationally televised championship game on ABC from Williamsport, Pa. The nine players who've participated in both the Little League and major-league World Series, the year(s) they made it to Williamsport, and the city each represented:

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Jim Barbieri, Schenectady, N.Y.* 1954

Boog Powell, Lakeland, Fla. 1954

Rick Wise, Portland, Ore. 1958

Carney Lansford, Santa Clara, Calif. 1969

Ed Vosberg, Tucson, Ariz. 1973

Charlie Hayes, Hattiesburg, Miss. 1977

Gary Sheffield, Tampa, Fla. 1980

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Derek Bell, Tampa, Fla. 1980-81

Jason Varitek, Altamonte Springs, Fla. 1984

* - Little League championship team