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Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Wins U.S. Little League World Series Championship Game

It all came down to this moment.  Chicago’s Jackie Robinson WINS the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series 2014!!

Marquis Jackson of Chicagos Jackie Robinson West-photo by Rob Carr via Getty Images

The entire World Series was full of amazing firsts and historic moments as Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis captivated the crowds and Chicago’s all-black club inspired the nation.  Sixty-seven years after Jackie Robinson ran out to first base at Ebbets Field, these kids have honored his spirit and his memory, all the way to Williamsport, Pa.  This would be the first time in 31-years since a Chicago team made the LLWS and the first time Nevada has ever had a team at the World Series.

Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, the First Lady of baseball took notice of the kids from Jackie Robinson West, especially there star player Pierce Jones.  So much so, she wrote the youngster a letter and sent it to him on stationery from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, last week.  Here’s a look at what she wrote:

“Dear Pierce,

I have been following your tremendous march to the Little League World Series and am so proud of you and the entire Jackie Robinson West team. To have an African-American squad from Chicago, the first from the city to qualify for the Series since 1983, succeed and inspire other young men and women is so meaningful.

Thank you for upholding the legacy of my husband Jack, your namesake, through your hard work, dedication and excellent teamwork.

I congratulate you for winning the Great Lakes Championship and your first game in the Series. Please know that as you continue to play for the title, you give so many of us hope and inspiration.

Good luck with your upcoming games!

My very best wishes,

Rachel Robinson.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

It doesn’t get any better than that.  Nevada’s Las Vegas team is a powerhouse, there’s no doubt about it.  Nevada’s city leaders are preparing a big welcome for the boys when they get home.  An event planned whether they won on not on Aug. 30.  The kids representing Mountain Ridge have been undefeated the entire series and have a well balanced team of big hitters and pitchers.

The U.S. Championship game got off to a big start.  In the top of the 1st Nevada scored 3 on Chicago, but Chicago answered with 3 in the bottom, thanks to a home run by Trey Hondras.  Both teams had phenomenal pitchers in Joshua Houston and Brennan Holligan. The two kids did a great job holding it together for their teams.

But Chicago wins it!  The kids representing the Great Lakes are the U.S. World Champions and will meet international champions South Korea for the Little League World Series Championship game at 1 pm.

 

 

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