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(CBS)– Jackie Robinson West is more than the pride of Chicago. The baseball team is the sensation of the 2014 Little League World Series.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

Everywhere you go at the sprawling baseball complex in South Williamsport, Pa., where the games are played, you see them: the yellow T-shirts for Jackie Robinson West or the Great Lakes region the team represents.

Andrew Miles is from Virginia, but he’s rooting for Jackie Robinson West.

“I want to see them win,” he says.

JRW players are so in demand it’s a challenge just to get to practice.

“Every time they go, they get stopped for autographs,” Jason Little, first base coach, says.

JRW is compelling, but this is no rags-to-riches story. The league’s players are trained to play well from a very young age.

“This is a great opportunity for the city of Chicago to shine — for the nation and the world to see what Chicago’s all about,” JRW Director Bill Haley says.

Head coach Darold Butler played in the league as a child. Now, his son is on the team.

Former players like Christopher Moore stay to close to Jackie Robinson West.  His team came within one game of making the Little League World Series more than 20 years ago, losing by one run.

Some of the parents say they’d like to have an indoor baseball facility so the kids can play year around.

These youngsters don’t start playing until May. That tells you how good they are.

 

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