CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox are partnering with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago to host a viewing party for the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, as they represent the Great Lakes region in their first Little League Baseball World Series game at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, vs. the team from Lynwood, Washington, representing the Northwest.
The special watch party at 1:30 p.m. will give attendees the opportunity to watch the 11- and 12-year-olds from the South Side of Chicago on a large video screen at Jackie Robinson Field (10700 S. Aberdeen), while enjoying ballpark food and interacting with former White Sox players and Southpaw. Additional information about the watch party will be available at cityofchicago.org.
"This is a great way for the neighborhood and the city of Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young men from the Jackie Robinson West Little League" said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. "We all are very proud of their accomplishments, and we are honored to co-host the Watch Party with Mayor Emanuel. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team also play for the White Sox ACE program, so we are doubly proud of their tremendous accomplishments. These kids already are champions in our eyes before a single pitch is thrown in Williamsport."
The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars became the first Chicago team to qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series since 1983 when they came from behind to beat New Albany, Indiana, for the Great Lakes Region Champions title on Saturday, August 9. This is the 15th time a team from Illinois has advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series, and the second appearance for Jackie Robinson West, which went 2-1 in the 1983 Little League Baseball World Series. The league also advanced to the finals of the 2013 Great Lakes Region.
The team includes six players from the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. The ACE program has had 14 alumni drafted by professional teams, 85 alumni received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball and two alumni played in the 2014 College World Series.