Chicago, who has not made an appearance in Williamsport since 1983, will face Las Vegas in Saturday’s U.S. Title Game. The team boasts eight players from Chicago Public Schools.
Their trip to Little League’s premiere event began with a victory over New Albany, Indiana in the Great Lakes Regional Championship. Upon arriving in Pennsylvania, they defeated a Seattle team in the first round of the Series, then fell to Las Vegas, who they will face again in the U.S. Championship, in their second game. After rallying to beat Rhode Island, they then defeated Philadelphia on Wednesday night to be among the top four teams in this year’s competition.
The Little League World Series includes eight domestic and eight international teams, so part of the experience has been meeting baseball players from around the country and around the world. The Chicago team is made up exclusively of African-American youth. With support from the City of Chicago, many of these neighborhoods have held viewing parties during the games so that family, friends and fans can come together to cheer on their team.