Chicagoans root for hometown Little League World Series team

The first round of the Little League World Series begins Thursday, and for the first time in over 30 years, a team from Chicago will be there.

Jackie Robinson West will play a team from Washington State in the tournament’s first round at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The team made it this far with a come from behind victory in the Great Lakes Regional final on Saturday.

The players range from 11 to 13 years old. They come from several South Side neighborhoods.

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Some of their parents wouldn’t have been able to afford going to Pennsylvania for the games if it wasn’t for $20,000 donated by five major league players.

The Cubs’ Wesley Wright, Colorado Rockies’ LaTroy Hawkins, Atlanta Braves B.J & Justin Upton, and Torii Hunter of the Detroit Tigers all contributed.

Chicago and the White Sox are celebrating with a public viewing party during their first game.

That’s being held at Jackie Robinson field at 105th and Morgan.

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