Jackie Robinson West, the first all-black team to win the U.S. Little League Championship title, has been stripped of their Summer 2014 win for falsifying boundaries and violating league rules.
An investigation revealed that the team created an inaccurate map of its boundaries and met with other leagues to try to obtain additional territory. Little League Baseball also announced the team included players who didn’t live in the area the team represented.
“This is a heartbreaking decision,” Stephen D. Keener, the Little League International president and CEO, said in a statement.
“As painful as it is, we feel it is a necessary decision to maintain the integrity of the Little League program. No team can be allowed to attempt to strengthen its team by putting players on their roster that live outside their boundaries.”
The Little League team has been placed on probation following the investigation and are barred from tournament play. Darold Butler, the team’s manager, has been suspended from all Little League activity. Little League district administrator Michael Kelly has also been removed from his position.
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