All-American Amateur Baseball Association Originally, the national tournament was to be awarded to a different city each year. Johnstown, Pennsylvania won the inaugural bid in 1945 and Washington, DC won in 1946. However, the tournament was overlooked in a large city such as Washington, and the tournament directors decided that Johnstown was the best fit. The sizeable Johnstown population provided big crowds for the games, but the small-town atmosphere allowed the tournament to take center stage for the entire week. In spite of its falling economy, Johnstown continues to support the AAABA every August. The Johnstown Old-timers group raises money to not only promote tournament games, but also to provide meals and lodging for all tournament teams. Local fans attend all tournament games and contests featuring the host teams are especially well-attended. Due to the strong and continued support of local fans and businesses, Johnstown is now the permanent home for the national tournament. Due to the number of teams entering the AAABA playoffs, Johnstown’s Point Stadium cannot host all the games, thus the reason Lilly-Washington War Memorial field is used, and it is one of the best baseball fields in the county.
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