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Not long ago, we posted a gallery of photographs featuring National Football League players in 1938. “In those years,” we noted, “the biggest sports in the land were baseball, boxing, horse racing and college football; the NFL barely registered on most sports fans’ radar. But it was making strides, and LIFE magazine noticed.”
LIFE, it turns out, also noticed that youngsters around the country were, in increasing numbers, playing the game under the aegis of organized leagues. But one Colorado league, in particular, caught the eye of LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. As the magazine told its readers in its Oct. 9, 1939, issue:
Courage is a good thing. Not bullying girls — or boys, or anyone — is a good thing. Being a good student is, generally speaking, a good thing. Sounds like the Young America League might have been on to something.