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Little League World Series

To the Jackie Robinson Boys of Summer: Thanks for the Memories!

Frank Islam | Posted 04.18.2015 | Chicago
Frank Islam

With the stripping of the American little league World Series title from Jackie Robinson West, one of the happiest sports and human interest stories of the past year became one of the saddest.

Jackie Robinson West Lawyer: Are Other Teams Held To Same Standard?

AP | Don Babwin | Posted 02.13.2015 | Sports

"I want to make sure that whatever rules and regulations are being applied to Jackie Robinson West are being applied to any other team."

Little League's First All-Black U.S. Championship Team Stripped Of Title

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 02.12.2015 | Sports

"This is a heartbreaking decision."

Residency Questions Continue To Dog Chicago Little League Champions

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 02.10.2015 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- Citing "new information," Little League International officials met Tuesday to discuss whether last summer's Little League World Serie...

Before Everyone Knew an Artist Named Mo'ne

Julian McWilliams | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Julian McWilliams

Mo'ne, caught the world by storm in the Little League World Series this past summer. She became the first Little League player ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her jersey was inducted into the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame, and recently, she was named AP's "Female Athlete of The Year." But that's all a given -- you can read news-feeds for that. So let's take it a little deeper.

Sport and Society for Arete - The Year

Richard Crepeau | Posted 03.02.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

As years go, 2014 was an interesting one in the sports world. Some might characterize it as depressing while others may look back on it as exhilarating. Whatever the case may be we know that at some point in the future we will look back on the year 2014 with nostalgia.

Teen Sensation Named Female Athlete Of The Year

AP | ROB MAADDI | Posted 12.29.2014 | Sports

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August. That's when 13-year-...

Meet The 'Sports Kid Of The Year'

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports

Thanks to Mo'ne Davis, future athletes will be aspiring to "throw like a girl." Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher who was the breakout star at the 20...

Little League Champ Has Ballsy Challenge For Obama

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.10.2014 | Good News

Are you game, Mr. President? When the nation's championship Little League team visited the White House on Thursday, one of the players challenged B...

Mo'ne Davis To Be Featured in Baseball Hall of Fame

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mo'ne Davis' performance in the Little League World Series has earned her a place in baseball's Hall of Fame. The 13-year-...

Jackie Robinson, Meet Jackie Robinson West. America, Meet Hope.

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Frank Islam

Now, we are in the month of September, and the glory days of these young boys of summer are slowly slipping away. The question is whether this unexpected moment of hope can be captured, sustained and converted to others.

Mayor Emanuel's Love for JRW's Team, Not Neighborhoods

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

During their run, commentators across the country noted that the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, which is composed entirely of African-American players, hails from the city's South and Southwest Sides. Many of these neighborhoods have not received the same love from Emanuel that he has heaped on the young players.

Jackie Robinson West Returns To Hero's Welcome In Chicago

AP | DON BABWIN AND CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 08.27.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and ...

Yes, Race In The Little League World Series Matters

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

Before Jackie Robinson West players took this year's Little League World Series by storm, it had been 31 years since an all-black team had participate...

Mo'ne Davis, Throw #LikeAGirl

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Crystal Cheatham

If anyone has reshaped what it means to throw like a girl it is Mo'ne Davis. Applauded by a growing national fan base, the 12-year-old athlete has done her fair share to shake off the hater-ade surrounding the phrase "like a girl."

Sport and Society for Arete -- Little League World Series

Richard Crepeau | Posted 10.25.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Two questions appeared in almost every discussion of the new Baseball Commissioner. Can baseball reconnected with the youth of America? Can baseball attract African American players to the game?

With Youth Baseball Participation Declining, Pitch In for Baseball Seeks to Give Kids the Tools Necessary to Play

Alicia Jessop | Posted 10.25.2014 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

With the costs of baseball soaring and participation in America's pastime declining, one man has set out to give children around the world an opportunity to enjoy baseball by providing them with free baseball equipment.

Mo'ne Davis -- Four Success Tips For Girls From a Young Baseball Ace

Helen Drinan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Helen Drinan

Mo'ne Davis has accomplished so very much at the young age 13. So what can we learn from her steadfast competition and humble nature? A lot. Here is a list of four things that I believe girls can learn about leadership and success from this inspiring athlete.

People Care More About This Little League Team Than The City's Pro Sports Teams

AP | Posted 08.24.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago is gearing up to cheer on the hottest sports team in town at the moment. The buzz in the nation's third largest city isn't ...

This Little League Team Has Become The Pride Of An Entire City

AP | Posted 08.23.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- The success that a baseball team from Chicago's South Side has had at the Little League World Series is giving the whole city somethin...

Why We Need Little League

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Sports
Helene Cohen Bludman

When this kid is a 13-year-old girl pitching her way into the history books in a field of dreams, we are euphoric. She is one of ours. Such is life this week in Philadelphia.

Little League Team's Incredible Run Continues With Thrilling Win

AP | JOHN KEKIS | Posted 08.22.2014 | Sports

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City. "Keep cheering," Butler said Thursday night after t...

The Little League World Series Is Everything That Is Right About Sports

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 08.22.2014 | Sports

Hey, is this heaven? No, it's South Williamsport. Every August 16 youth baseball teams from around the globe descend on Howard J. Lamade Stadium i...

Social Media Freakout and Mo'Ne Mania

Beverly Macy | Posted 10.21.2014 | Sports
Beverly Macy

It's the hottest sports story this summer. Mo'Ne Davis, the 13-year-old baseball pitching sensation from Philly, throws a mean 70 mph pitch and just made the SI cover as the first Little Leaguer ever!

A League of Her Own

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Edith Houghton liked to call herself the first female solo scout for major league baseball. She was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946 to 1951. And Effa Manley was a pioneer in baseball at a time when women were nonexistent in sports and blacks still had few rights,