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Commentary: Jackie Robinson West legacy: U.S. champions, local inspirations

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When the late-inning rally you knew the Jackie Robinson West players had in them fell just short Sunday in an 8-4 defeat to South Korea in the Little League World Series final, everybody at the watch party on the Far South Side immediately rose to their feet.

They screamed. They clapped. They hugged. Within seconds, they even were dancing inside the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center as Kool and the Gang’s familiar sports anthem blared through the speakers.

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