The pride of Chicago U.S. champions Jackie Robinson West lost 8-4 Sunday in the final of the Little League World Series against South Korea. Although the team came up short, they gained countless fans for their dynamic play in the championship game. Chicago’s players slid their way into the hearts of many and are recognized as America’s team, arguably at a time when there is racial unrest in the nation, reports the Chicago Sun Times.They mounted the field in Sunday’s game having made history as an all-black Little League team, representing Chicago’s south side for the first time in 31 years. The last Chicago team to qualify for the World Series was in 1983. That team finished fifth overall. Today, the team in so many ways still honors the rich baseball history of its namesake, Jackie Robinson, who broke of the color barrier in 1947.“You have 13 African-American players, volunteer coaches, and everybody throughout the league trying to do something positive for the city of Chicago,” manager Darold Butler told the Sun-Times. “So this is huge. This gives our kids something to strive for, to set goals, and to accomplish. It gives them something to look forward to outside of… Read full this story
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