2014 Little League World Series
The 2014 Little League World Series, held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, started on August 14 and ended on August 24, 2014. Eight teams from the United States, and eight from the rest of the world, competed in the 68th edition of the tournament. This was the first World Series to feature entire rosters of players born in the 21st century. ESPN again broadcast the games. This also marked the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. All games took place at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium. Seoul Little League of Seoul, South Korea, defeated Jackie Robinson West Little League of Chicago, Illinois, 8–4 to win the championship. On February 11, 2015, Jackie Robinson West's wins were vacated after it was found that the team used ineligible players from outside the Chicago area. Therefore, all of Jackie Robinson West's results are now officially recorded as 0–6 losses (forfeit). Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas, Nevada, was named the U.S. champion due to the vacating of Jackie Robinson West's wins.
|2014 Little League World Series|
|Dates||August 14–August 24|
|Champion|| Seoul Little League|
Seoul, South Korea
|Runner-up|| Mountain Ridge Little League|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Asia-Pacific||Australia||Canada||Caribbean||Europe-Africa||Japan||Latin America||Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon|
|Dong Hwan Ahn
Hae Chan Choi
Sang Hoon Han
Jae Yeong Hwang
Jin Woo Jeon
Dong Hyeok Kim
Shane Jaemin Kim
Gyu Heon Kwon
Tae Min Moon
Ji Ho Park
Dong Wan Sin
Chan Oh Min
Jun Hyeok Yun
Jose Luis Atencio
Jose de la Pena
Cesar Leonardo Vivas
Miguel de la Fuente
The draw to determine the opening round pairings took place on June 11, 2014.
- Jackie Robinson West Little League subsequently forfeited all wins, including the U.S. Championship. Any of their wins are recorded in the below brackets as a 6–0 loss. The scores of their games, as played during the tournament, were as follows:
|Winners||Round 1||12–2 (F/5)||Washington|
|Winners||Round 2||2–13 (F/4)||Nevada|
|World Championship||4–8||South Korea|
United States bracketEdit
|August 14 – Game 2 Forfeit|
|August 17 – Game 14 (F/4)|
|August 14 – Game 4 (F/5)|
|August 20 – Game 24|
|August 15 – Game 6|
|August 17 – Game 16|
|August 15 – Game 8|
|August 23 – U.S. championship Forfeit|
|August 16 – Game 10|
|August 18 – Game 18|
|August 19 – Game 22 Forfeit|
|August 16 – Game 12|
|August 18 – Game 20 Forfeit|
|August 21 – Game 26 Forfeit|
|August 14 – Game 1|
|August 17 – Game 13|
|August 14 – Game 3 (F/4)|
|August 26 – Game 20|
|August 15 – Game 5|
|August 17 – Game 15|
|August 15 – Game 7|
|August 23 – International championship|
|August 16 – Game 9|
|August 18 – Game 17|
|August 19 – Game 21 (F/5)|
|August 16 – Game 11 (F/5)|
|August 18 – Game 19|
|August 21 – Game 25 (F/5)|
Teams that lose their first two games get to play a crossover game against a team from the other side of the bracket that also lost its first two games. These games are labeled Game A and Game B. Their purpose is to provide the teams who are already eliminated with the opportunity to play a third game.
|August 18 – Lamade Stadium|
|August 19 – Lamade Stadium|
The consolation game is played between the loser of the United States championship and the loser of the International championship.
|August 24 – Lamade Stadium|
|Little League World Championship|
|August 24 – Lamade Stadium|
|2014 Little League World Series Champions|
Seoul Little League
Seoul, South Korea
Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis was the first American female to participate in the Little League World Series (LLWS) since 2004 and the first female to pitch a winning LLWS game. The 13-year-old Davis became the first Little Leaguer featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as well as one of the youngest athletes to appear on the cover.
Jackie Robinson WestEdit
Team Jackie Robinson West was the first all black team to compete in the tournament in several decades. Hailing from the Washington Heights area of Chicago, the team made it all the way to the World Championship before ultimately falling to a team from South Korea.
As the team rose to prominence, Evergreen Park, Illinois, Little League official Chris Janes began to investigate personal information pertaining to players of the Jackie Robinson West team, finding that multiple players on the team lived outside the team's designated boundary region. He later discovered that the team had used a falsified boundary map which covered a wider area than other teams in the region had agreed to. On February 11, 2015, based on Chris Janes' findings, the team's wins and U.S. titles were vacated for its use of ineligible players. The U.S. title was retroactively awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas. The Great Lakes title was also stripped from Jackie Robinson West, and given to the team they beat in the championship, New Albany, Indiana.
In February 2016, parents of the team's members sued Little League Baseball, Janes, ESPN Inc., and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith. They alleged that Little League Baseball and JRW officials had deliberately obfuscated details about the players' eligibility to "reap the benefits of notoriety and media attention", did not grant due process, that ESPN's Stephen A. Smith made defamatory remarks on its program First Take that "directly accused the JRW parents of perpetrating a fraud against the Little League", and that Janes had violated their right to privacy by using license plates to identify the players' residencies. A judge ruled that Smith's comments were a personal opinion protected by the Constitution, and removed both ESPN and Smith from the lawsuit in June 2017. As of April 2018[update], the remainder of the lawsuit remains pending.
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