Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced details of a planned celebration for the Jackie Robinson Little League Team players and coaches in honor of their win for the title of U.S. Champions. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 a rally will take place at the Jackie Robinson Park located at 10540 South Morgan Park Street, at 9 a.m. In honor of the team, the parade is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Chicago’s south side at Aberdeen to 105th moving northbound toward Millennium Park located at, Michigan Avenue and Randolph.
Mayor Emanuel said; “the Jackie Robinson All Stars are the pride of Chicago.” “They have electrified our city and rallied people from every neighborhood to come together and support these great kids. They have brought out the true spirit of Chicago and I am proud to honor our U.S. Champions with a well-earned Chicago celebration.” On Tuesday morning, August 26, 2014 fans of the U.S. Champions, waited outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods for the opportunity to purchases a portion of the, 7,000 limited edition Jackie Robinson National Champion tee shirts. According to CBS Chicago 2 many gathered at the Sporting Store agreed, that the All Star Team is an inspiration to the City of Chicago, their win has lifted the negative impressions gun violence has had on the city throughout the summer.
Rachel Robinson, wife of the late great Jackie Robinson, sent letters to each Little League player before the World Series. MLB reported; Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson explained “It made us extremely proud. It carries on his name.” My father was very devoted to young people and would've cheered them on from the stands if he'd been alive. I'm sure he's smiling down on us right now." The Director of Major League Baseball RBI; David James recalled a historical account of South Carolina’s, “1955” Cannon Street Little League which consisted of 14 African American who were invited to the World Series after several teams refused to play against them in qualifying tournaments. However, the team eventually was recognized as state champions. James continued by saying “60 years later the Jackie Robinson Little League has captured to attention of the nation.”
Throughout the parade route Mayor Emanuel encourages fans to gather at the following sections to support the team: Congratulations Jackie Robinson Little League All Stars U.S. Champions!
- 103rd and Halsted
- 95th and Halsted
- 87th and Halsted
- 79th and Halsted
- 63rd and Halsted
- US Cellular Field