Last summer the Jackie Robinson West little league team from Chicago made a lot of headlines for (a) winning the U.S. portion of the Little League World Series; and (b) being the first all-African-American team to do so. Now that title has been stripped:
Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.
The Jackie Robinson West team, the first all-African-American team to win the championship, must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament — including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.
The coach and the district manager have been removed from their jobs after having been found to have falsified boundary maps and putting together players who would not have otherwise been eligible for the same team. The title now goes to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas, which is the team that beat Mo’ne Davis and the South Philadelphia Taney Dragons before falling to Jackie Robinson West.
In other news, adults have been ruining youth sports on a pretty consistent basis since the advent of youth sports.