CHICAGO (CBS) — On Wednesday, the national champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will be the toast of the town, as the city hosts two rallies and a parade through the South Side to celebrate the team’s success in the Little League World Series.
The team of 11- and 12-year-old boys was the first Chicago team to reach the Little League World Series since 1983 and the first since 1967 to reach the final game. Jackie Robinson West might have lost to the South Korean team in the title game, but Chicago is no less proud of its hometown team after bringing home the national championship.
Wednesday’s festivities begin with a 9 a.m. rally at the team’s home ballpark, Jackie Robinson Park in Washington Heights.
After the rally, the team and their families will pack onto buses for a parade along Halsted Street, north to 35th Street, where it will take a turn east to U.S. Cellular Field, for a brief stop and salute from the White Sox. Six players on the Jackie Robinson West team were also members of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program, which provides training and academic guidance for inner-city baseball players. A handful of White Sox coaches and ACE program organizers will be on hand to help congratulate the boys.
Then the parade will continue east to Indiana Avenue and head north along Indiana and then Michigan Avenue to Millennium Park, for another rally downtown around 11 a.m.