Team That Beat Taney Stripped of Little League Title

Mo'ne Davis will donate to the National Baseball Hall of Fame the jersey she wore in pitching a shutout at the Little League World Series.

Mo’ne Davis led the Taney Dragons to the Little League World Series.

Maybe the Taney Dragons deserve another parade.

Jackie Robinson West, the Chicago team that beat the Dragons and end the Philly team’s magical run to the Little League World Series, has been stripped of its LLWS title after an investigation determined the team used players from the suburbs — against the league’s residency rules.

ESPN reports:

The organization found that the Jackie Robinson team used a falsified boundary map, and that team officials met with neighboring Little League districts in Illinois to claim players and build what amounts to a superteam.

As a result, the United States championship has been awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.

“For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses,” Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. “This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome.”

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PHOTO: Mo’ne Davis Stuns in November’s Teen Vogue

Image via Teen Vogue.

Image via Teen Vogue.

We’re huge Mo’ne Davis fans over here at Shoppist HQ. So when we saw the Taney Dragons all star featured in November’s issue of Teen Vogue, we squealed, and gushed, and AH, SHE LOOKS SO PRETTY!

The stylist and photog deserve major kudos: Mo’ne toes the line between looking perfectly glamorous in a metallic top—yet totally age-appropriate with minimal makeup—while still wearing a baseball cap and braid.

It’s a glitzy break from throwing 70 miles per hour fastballs. Plus, it’s pretty much perfection.

 

 

 

ThinkFest Preview: Taney Dragons Coach Alex Rice on Uniting the City

Coach Alex Rice, left, with members of the team. (

Coach Alex Rice, left, with members of the Dragons. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

Philadelphians were enthralled by a baseball team this summer, but it wasn’t the Phillies. The Taney Dragons advanced all the way to the Little League World Series, with star pitcher Mo’ne Davis capturing the heart of the city — and the nation. (The team’s players reflected on their big moment in the latest issue of Philadelphia magazine.)

Next month at Philly Mag’s ThinkFest, Talk Radio 1210 host Chris Stigall will interview Dragons coach Alex Rice about how his team united the city and the lessons Philadelphians can learn from the sense of togetherness sparked by the team’s incredible run.

Join us on November 14th at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business for a day of the city’s smartest people sharing their biggest ideas. Read all of our ThinkFest 2014 previews here, and buy your tickets today.

The Taney Dragons Speak!

Row 1: Zion Spearman, Jared Sprague-Lott, Tai Shanahan. Row 2: Erik Lipson, Joe Richardson, Carter Davis. Row 3: Kai Cummings, Eli Simon, Jahli Hendricks. Photography by Justin James Muir

Row 1: Zion Spearman, Jared Sprague-Lott, Tai Shanahan. Row 2: Erik Lipson, Joe Richardson, Carter Davis. Row 3: Kai Cummings, Eli Simon, Jahli Hendricks. Photography by Justin James Muir

PM: Could any of you have predicted you’d go to the World Series?

Jared Sprague-Lott: I knew we had the talent, but if you run into one really good team that’s better than you are … so … not really.

PM: When did you start to think you had a chance?

Joe Richardson: When we won states. Collier [from Allegheny County] was the hardest team by far.

Erik Lipson: [banging a plastic soda bottle] I’d like to answer that question. Okay … what was the question? [laughter] Read more »

Hall of Fame to Honor Mo’ne Davis

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We thought Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons — Philly’s representatives at the Little League World Series — had been feted just about every way possible: The parade, the Tonight Show appearance, and everything else. But it turns out there is one superlative honor left.

The jersey Davis wore during her LLWS-opening shutout pitching performance is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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The Taney Dragons Now Have Their Very Own Week

Did you know it’s Taney Dragons week? That’s right: Because the Taney Dragons run to the Little League World Series happened while legislators were on vacation, only now — when they’ve returned to work in September — are we getting resolutions honoring Philadelphia’s favorite little kid athletes.

State Rep. Brian Sims received unanimous approval for a resolution declaring the week of September 14th to September 20th Taney Dragons Week in the state of Pennsylvania. Do other cities’ baseball teams have to bow in recognition of Taney’s superiority? Let’s hope so.

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WATCH: Is This Taney Dragons Pitcher the Next Justin Bieber?

Philly Redditors came across this YouTube video of Taney Dragons pitcher Erik Lipson singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” The kid can belt out a tune, but some commenters took offense to the video, claiming he’s the victim of greedy stage parents:

About a couple weeks ago on this sub, there was a girl asking for help making a highlight video of one of the little leaguer’s for his father to give to talent agencies (it was clearly about Erik, because she pointed out his personality over his playing performance).

Now his parents are pushing this.

Pretty fucked up to watch parents try to force their children into stardom at this age. Those kids already had too much spotlight and pressure put on them during the LLWS. Just let him be a kid.

I haven’t seen any evidence of his parents forcing him to do the video. Maybe he just wants to be the next Justin Bieber, or, as the title of the video reads, “Justin Berber.” There have been several singing videos posted on his YouTube page over the last eight months, which you can find here.

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