T-shirts sold to raise money for Jackie Robinson West being sold on e-bay for triple the price

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By Lisa Black, Tribune reporter

Those bright yellow T-shirts celebrating the success of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team are being sold on eBay — for up to triple their original price.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, which has helped raise money for the team since last year, shipped 7,000 shirts to its South Loop location, where they were quickly snapped up by fans of the young team. The store charged $20 for each shirt, promising all the proceeds would go directly toward helping the league.

But today, as Chicagoans flocked to a parade and rallies in honor of the team, some of those shirts have been advertised for up to $61 on the online marketplace.

According to the store’s public relations firm, Dick’s in the South Loop is the only commercial outlet that carried the official shirt.

The last shipment was sent out Tuesday, with no plans to produce more, a public relations representative said Wednesday.

When asked about those taking advantage of the team’s wild popularity on eBay, DICK’s Sporting Goods issued a statement:

“While we are thrilled the T-shirts are so popular, the true spirit of them being available is to help rally the community and raise money that goes directly to the team. There is no assurance the money will go to the team when these products are purchased outside of this store.”

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  • Val Gaines

    It’s sad that if you couldn’t get to Chicago you can’t get a shirt. I think the shirts should have been available on Dick’s website to purchase. JRW are the United States champs. There are alot of people that supported the team and would have like to purchase a shirt.