All-Black Chicago team in Little League World Series Thursday

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CHICAGO (AP) — An all-Black team from Chicago is headed to the Little League World Series for the first time in three decades.

The Chicago Sun Times ( ) reports that Cameron Bufford’s fifth-inning grand slam helped the Jackie Robinson West team to a 12-7 victory Saturday in the Great Lakes Regional championship game in Indianapolis.

Following the win, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared Saturday “Jackie Robinson West Little League Champions Day.”

Manager Darold Butler says the team and its coaches and volunteers are “trying to do something positive” for Chicago.

The last Chicago team to qualify for the World Series was West in 1983. West fell one game short of the series last year.

Jackie Robinson West is scheduled to play the winner of the Northwest regional at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers from Chicago congratulate Cam Bufford (10) after his grand slam gave the team a 10-7 lead en route to a 12-7 win over New Albany, Ind., in the Little League Central Regional baseball championship game in Lawrence, Ind., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Charlie Nye)


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