Chicago to throw parade for U.S. Little League champs
Aug 21, 2014; South Williamsport, PA, USA; Great Lakes Region outfielder Pierce Jones (23) hugs second baseman Cameron Bufford (10) after beating the Mid-Atlantic Region 6-5 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Image by Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The Jackie Robinson West Little League team from inner-city Chicago captured the imagination of the baseball world in recent days, coming within four runs of a Little League World Series title.
The City of Chicago is thanking them with the kind of parade reserved for champions of pro sports.
The Chicago Tribune says the parade will start at a park which shares the name of the team, Jackie Robinson - the first African-American to break the MLB color barrier.
The parade will happen Wednesday morning and end up in downtown Chicago at Millennium Park, one of America's largest gathering spots.
The story of the all-African-American team's rise to prominence helped unify an inner city which has suffered from an especially violent year, and given an example of positives that come from such a community.