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File #: 14-5315    Version: 1 Name: Jackie Robinson West Little League
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/9/2014 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/10/2014 Final action: 9/10/2014
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE JACKIE ROBINSON WEST U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM WHEREAS, the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was founded by Joseph Haley in 1971; and WHEREAS, the mission of Jackie Robinson West is to bring children into a structured program environment intensely supported by adult volunteers where the values of leadership, team work and self-discipline are strongly emphasized; and WHEREAS, with courage and grace, 13 young ballplayers, have attracted the attention of the Nation, inspiring the children of Cook County to use sports as a viable option to make positive impact on their communities; and WHEREAS, Jackie Robinson West became the first African American team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades; and WHEREAS, the last Chicago team to qualify for the World Series was West in 1983; and WHEREAS, using a combination of power hitting, aggressive base running, dominant pitching and strong de...
Sponsors: President, JERRY BUTLER, EARLEAN COLLINS, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, ELIZABETH "LIZ" DOODY GORMAN, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, EDWIN REYES, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE JACKIE ROBINSON WEST U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM

WHEREAS, the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was founded by Joseph Haley in 1971; and

WHEREAS, the mission of Jackie Robinson West is to bring children into a structured program environment intensely supported by adult volunteers where the values of leadership, team work and self-discipline are strongly emphasized; and

WHEREAS, with courage and grace, 13 young ballplayers, have attracted the attention of the Nation, inspiring the children of Cook County to use sports as a viable option to make positive impact on their communities; and

WHEREAS, Jackie Robinson West became the first African American team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades; and

WHEREAS, the last Chicago team to qualify for the World Series was West in 1983; and

WHEREAS, using a combination of power hitting, aggressive base running, dominant pitching and strong defense, Jackie Robinson West would defeat teams from Lynwood, Washington; Cumberland, Rhode Island; Pearlman, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to advance to the United States Championship Game; and

WHEREAS, in the Championship Game, Jackie Robinson faced a rematch with the Mountain Ridge Little League team from Las Vegas, Nevada, having suffered a previous loss to them in the opening round. The game started quickly, with both teams scoring three runs in the first inning. Jackie Robinson scored another run in the second inning added three more in the fifth and ended the game on a double play to win the U.S. Championship by a final score of 7-5; and

WHEREAS, despite falling in the World Series Championship to the team from Seoul, South Korea, Jackie Robinson West had already established themselves as champions in the minds and hearts of residents of the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the entire country; and

WHEREAS, Cook County is the proud home of DJ Butler, Lawr...

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