Chicago’s Little League champs return as heroes
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s beloved Little League champions are getting their own parade, from their ballpark on the city’s South Side to Millennium Park downtown.
The Jackie Robinson West All Stars, Chicago’s first all-black team to claim the U.S. title, have united the city. Televised games last weekend were the most-watched telecasts in the city, with 623,900 viewers Saturday and 810,500 on Sunday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel organized all-city watch parties. Fans lined up Tuesday to buy 7,000 team T-shirts at a South Loop sporting goods store ahead of Wednesday’s parade.
Bill Haley is director of Jackie Robinson West, which his father founded in the early 1970s. He says the team’s story is not a “fairytale about ducking bullets” but instead a story of family support and players with character who became national champions.