August 16, 2018

Root Root Root For Chicago

It’s been a pretty successful few years for Chicago baseball (at least on the North side of town), and I’m not just talking about the Cubs and White Sox! Today is the first day of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, so it’s a perfect #ThrowbackThursday to remember Jackie Robinson West, the cinderella team from the South Side of Chicago that won the United States Little League Championship back in the summer of 2014. Though the title was later vacated due to some unfortunate rules violations on the part of some parents, it’s truly impossible to forget how amazing it was to watch the entire city rally around a group of 12 year old baseball players from the Washington Heights neighborhood.

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Jackie Robinson West were the true star athletes of Chicago in the summer of 2014. Both the White Sox and the Cubs were well on their way to last-place finishes in the Major Leagues. Not only was JRW the first inner-city team to reach the United States Championship since the squad from the Bronx, NY in 2001 (who themselves also unfortunately became embroiled in scandal), they were the first all black team to even compete in the Little League World Series. Though the ending may have been somewhat tragic and disappointing (and no fault of the players themselves), we’ll never forget the inspiration that these kids brought to the city of Chicago for a few weeks during the summer of 2014.