Despite rifts, US and Cuba share baseball ties

Despite deep political and ideological differences over the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball. From the Negro Leagues to the current crop of Cuban stars, the communist island and the U.S. are linked by century-old baseball ties. It was during spring training in 1947 in Havana that the Brooklyn Dodgers got an extended look at Montreal Royals star...
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Residency questions for Chicago Little League team

CHICAGO (AP) Little League International says it has investigated allegations that some members of Chicago's national championship Little League team didn't live in the city and is confident the league ''meets residency regulations.'' In a statement, the organization says it reviewed documentation provided by the Jackie Robinson West league after an official in a suburban athletic...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Famed stadium may become part of national park

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) One of the last remaining stadiums in America where Negro League baseball was played may soon become part of a national park in New Jersey. The U.S. Senate approved a measure Friday that would add Hinchliffe Stadium to Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson. The measure, one of several parks provisions attached to the defense bill, now heads to President...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

UCLA retires Jackie Robinson's No. 42 across all sports

Late in the first quarter of the rivalry game between No. 9 UCLA and No. 19 USC, UCLA athletics made an announcement that they would honor Jackie Robinson by retiring the No. 42 across all varsity sports. The announcement comes just one day after UCLA celebrated the 75th anniversary of Robinson's arrival on campus. The celebration at Drake Stadium culminated with the naming of the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

UCLA honors Robinson, retires No. 42 for all teams

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) UCLA is honoring Jackie Robinson by retiring the former four-sport athlete's iconic No. 42 for all of its athletic teams. The school announced the honor Saturday night during the Bruins' football game against Southern California. Robinson played baseball, basketball and football and ran track at UCLA from 1939-41 before breaking baseball's color barrier with...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

UCLA names athletics complex after Jackie Robinson

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA has named a conglomeration of athletic facilities after Jackie Robinson, the four-sport Bruins star who broke baseball's color barrier. The school announced Friday that 22 of its sports facilities will be collectively called the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex. The facilities include Pauley Pavilion, the Los Angeles Tennis Center, the J.D....
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Foo Fighters To Perform At Citi Field On July 16

The New York Mets and Live Nation today announced that multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning American rockers Foo Fighters will perform at Citi Field on Thursday, July 16. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, November 22 in a five-hour presale from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. exclusively at the Citi Field Box Office adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Tickets go on sale to the general...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnie Minoso: Hall of Fame Worthy

The Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era committee has released its ballot of ten names to be considered for this year’s vote, which will occur in early November. Among the names being considered is former White Sox great Minnie Minoso. It is the second appearance for Minoso on the Golden Era ballot. He received nine votes his first time around in 2011, falling three votes shy of the...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pumpsie Green Turns Eighty-One Years Old

Pumpsie GreenElijah Jerry 'Pumpsie' Green turns 81 today. Many younger Red Sox fans may not recognize his name—but he has an important legacy with the team. Green was the first African-American player in franchise history—coming aboard at the relatively late date of 1959. The Red Sox were the last team to integrate, and—more than a decade earlier—they passed up opportunities...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

How international free agents killed offense in baseball

In the 1950s, baseball expanded without adding any new franchises. After going from 1903 to 1947 without dramatically increasing the talent pool and not adding any new teams, the flood gates opened up, adding at least 10% of the country’s baseball players back into that pool. While it started with just Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby in 1947, by 1959 African Americans, who had been...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

George Shuba, former Brooklyn Dodger, dead at 89

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) George ''Shotgun'' Shuba, a member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers who was best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson, died Monday. He was 89. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Shuba died at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. No cause of death was given. Shuba, who was white, congratulated his teammate...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds strike minor league affiliation deal with Daytona, ends partnership with Bakersfield

After failing to renew their contract with the Bakersfield Blaze, the Cincinnati Reds are set to have a new Advanced-A affiliate come 2015 beyond. And the affiliate will hail from The Sunshine State.The following is a press release sent out by the Reds detailing the new deal:DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Daytona Baseball announced, Thursday, that Big Game Florida and the Cincinnati Reds have...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds announce new Advanced-A affiliation

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Daytona Baseball announced, Thursday, that Big Game Florida and the Cincinnati Reds have partnered on a four-year deal to make Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark the home of the Reds class A-Advanced club through at least 2018. Affiliated baseball is guaranteed in Daytona Beach through at least 2022. Big Game Florida Owner Andy Rayburn is...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Business to Help Jackie Robinson West Player

When Jackie Robinson West came home to Chicago they were met with huge crowds of supporters and a parade for Americas favorite little league team. One player came back home to being homeless and  his parents struggling to make ends meet. Jaheim Benton helped get JRW to the final against South Korea. Benton’s mother, a home care provider, and his father, a radiator technician,...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Pay Tribute to Jackie Robinson West with Wild Warm-Up Uniforms

CHICAGO, IL — Jackie Robinson West has been the talk of the town this summer and rightfully so. After winning the United States Championship by defeating an undefeated team out of Las Vegas, ‘JRW’ fell to a very talented South Korea team in the Little League World Series. MORE ON JRW The City of Chicago welcomed to young boy back with open arms, throwing them a parade that...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Business Offers Rent For Homeless LLWS Player’s Family

Jaheim Benton played a big role in the success of his Little League World Series team, Jackie Robinson West, which represented the Great Lakes region in this summer’s tournament. Jackie Robinson West went on to lose in the World Series finals in Williamsport, Penn., and Benton returned to Chicago to an even more harsh reality — his family was homeless. Benton’s mother is an...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs warmup jerseys honor Jackie Robinson West Little League team

Last month’s Little League World Series featured the individual brilliance of Mo’ne Davis, who became the first Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The tournament also brought us the story of the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago, the United States champions. Despite losing to South Korea in the final game, […]
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Homeless Jackie Robinson West player's family gets rent paid for

In a city like Chicago where news is often about violence and cruelty, it is a bit comforting to see there are still people willing to lend a helping hand. After the Little League World Series, most sports fans were familiar Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, which won the US championship game. However, most fans had no idea that 12-year-old Jaheim Benton did not have a home...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 Little League World Series was the most-watched ever on ESPN

This year’s Little League World Series on ESPN had many intriguing storylines, mainly centering around Taney Dragons star pitcher Mo’Ne Davis and the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago that won the United States championship. But this year’s event wasn’t just a two story affair – the World Series as a whole was the most-watched and highest-rated Little League World...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Homeless Jackie Robinson West Player Gets Rent Paid For A Year

  Jackie Robinson West made America proud with their performance on the diamond. The team is the US champion for the Little League World Series. One of the players however played despite adversity. Jaheim Benton who scored 5 runs in the little league world series, including the run that pushed their team past Las Vegas in the national championship game,  has been homeless since...
Via Geeks and Cleats
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mo’Ne Davis Heads Home to Philly…Shows Off Dance Moves

Wednesday, the city of Chicago came out in droves to welcome home the United States Little League Champion Jackie Robinson West team, but, it’s still pretty obvious who the biggest star of the tournament still is. Mo’Ne Davis. 760 miles across the country, the 13-year-old star pitcher and her Taney Dragon teammates hit Citizens Bank Park in their hometown of Philadelphia and...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Little League Team is Bigger Than Beyonce

To say this year’s Little League World Series was a hit would be both an insanely bad pun and, well, an incredible understatement. We all already know the story of Philadelphia’s Mo’Ne Davis, the breakout star of the 2014 tournament, but thanks to their historic performance Saturday, we’re beginning to know the boys from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. The...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West Tees Sellout At Dick’s

Despite losing the Little League World Championship series to S. Korea this past Sunday, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson west captured the hearts of America and have gained some pretty dedicated fans. The Chicago Tribune has reported that ever since a sporting goods store in Chicago started selling J. Robinson West Championship tshirts, they have been flying off the shelves with fans...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Jackie Robinson West Players Will Never Go Pro

I’m sure that my inbox will soon be flooded with ignorant hatemail of “readers” who don’t actually read this article. I, too, sat and watched JRW as they battled their way through the ranks. Their game against Nevada was, without a doubt, the most exciting game of baseball I’ve watched in at least 5 years. The kids are amazing, and their talent level is top notch. But baseball...
Via Sports Mockery
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West Player Teaches Handshake to South Korean Opponent

After a heartbreaking 8-4 loss to South Korea, Marquis Jackson from Jackie Robinson West, taught a South Korean player a handshake while shaking hands at the end of the game. Great show of sportsmanship by this young Chicagoan after a tough loss. The Little League World Series is all about bringing young baseball players together and competing in a tournament of class, sportsmanship...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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