Little League championship team stripped of title
Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:08 AM EST | Updated: Apr 27, 2015 11:04 AM EST
The Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee decided the Jackie Robinson West Little League knowingly violated a rule by stacking the team with players who didn't live within league boundaries.
The investigation began after another South Side Chicago league raised some red flags, concerned that some of the players were from the suburbs.
The Evergreen Park Athletic Association went through public records, voter registration, even vehicle registration, before bringing their findings to the Committee.
The team brought the city together over the summer, making national and international headlines, when the players won the U.S. Championship. It was a first for the city.
Two teams that lost to Jackie Robinson West spoke out, saying the Chicago-based team should be stripped of the title.
"If it is proven to be factual that they did fraudulently increase the boundaries to have some more children on their team, I think Little League needs to enforce its rules and take the championship away from them. I hate to say that for the children, but it's the only right thing to do," said Kristi Black, Former president of Mountain Ridge Little League, based in Las Vegas.
Mountain Ridge Little League will now be handed the title.