Now Commenting On:

White Sox supporting Jackie Robinson West

White Sox supporting Jackie Robinson West play video for White Sox supporting Jackie Robinson West

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have a direct connection to the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago, currently taking part in the Little League World Series. Six of the players on that team also play for the White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program -- Marquis Jackson, Ed Howard, Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Joshua Houston, and Trey Hondras.

But even without that tie-in, the White Sox would be supporting a young team that seemingly has galvanized the city.

"When we saw it happening, we know they would be a good team," said Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives. "We didn't know they would be this good.

"We knew we would unite the community, but we've united the entire city."

Coe pointed out that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn and fans of all ages have been attending the packed viewing parties at Jackie Robinson Park for the contests involving Jackie Robinson West.

"Coming from such a violent community, for the community to unite in something positive is really awesome," Coe said.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español