(CBS) — The success of the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Stars has resulted in a windfall for the league.
A representative from Dick’s Sporting Goods presented League President Bill Haley, All-Stars Manager Darold Butler and Butler’s son, All-Star D.J. Butler, a check for $164,481.17, representing the profits from the sale of 12,000 limited-edition T-shirts celebrating both the team’s Great Lakes regional championship and the Little League national title.
“Yeah. That’s big money,” the younger Butler said.
The Dick’s store at 1100 S. Canal St. originally printed 300 T-shirts. When those were snapped up within hours, more were made. Again and again. League President Bill Haley said when he heard from Dick’s that 7,000 shirts had been sold in one morning, he thought it was a mistake.