Castle to profile JRW champs,
neighborhood that groomed
43-year-old baseball program
By Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President
Posted Wednesday, October 15th
The Chicago Baseball Museum (CBM) is proud to announce that CBM Resident Historian George Castle has signed a contract to write the definitive book on the story of the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League World Series U.S. Champions.
JRW captured the hearts of the nation, and George's book, his 13th since 1998, will capture the attention of fans once again.
Taylor Trade Publishing will publish the book, as yet untitled. Target release date is Sept. 2015.
The book would not look only at JRW's development as an appealing national youth sports champion, but also all the factors that produced success. The parents, extended families, neighbors and community and educational leaders all comprised the "it takes a village to raise a child" situation prevalent in the far South Side Washington Heights neighborhood. It was this family which built on the tradition of excellence started by JRW's founder, Joseph Haley, in 1971.
It is a story of hope, home — most specifically fathers' involvement in their sons' lives — and redemption. It shows how the game of baseball can unite a community and offer a better future with alternatives to social conditions in which gun violence, death and gang activities perpetuated in nearby Chicago communities.