The Roy Overholt Tournament, a late-summer baseball tradition not only for Brookfield but for teams representing surrounding suburbs, is an event that, as far as we know, has no peer.

Fifty years ago, Roy Overholt — still an active part of the tourney at the age of 89 — decided to create a tournament in Little League District 9, which includes Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside, among others. The concept was that the champions of each Little League program’s Majors Division (11 and 12 year olds) face off for a winner-take-all district championship.

These aren’t all-star teams comprising each league’s best players. These are teams built by individual coaches, whose players cover the spectrum of talent.

After the final game, players are greeted and congratulated personally by the man who started the tourney back in 1963.

Roy Overholt can’t manicure the fields himself as he did daily for decades anymore. But his tournament is a testament to tradition and his dedication to Little League baseball in Brookfield.

Thanks, Roy, for such a unique legacy.