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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Monique D. Davis (D-27th) sent letters to the officers of Little League International and elected officials inviting them to discuss the investigation process and hear the community’s concerns following Little League International’s decision to strip Jackie Robinson West of the U.S. title it won last August.

The letter was sent to Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Chairman of Little League International; Stephen Keener, President and CEO; Patrick Wilson, Senior VP of Operations and Program Development; Joseph W. Losch, Corporate Secretary; Nina Johnson, Central Region Director; and Scott Spillman, Assistant Central Region Director.

A copy of the letter follows:

Chairman Davie Jane Gilmour

Little League International

539 US Route 15 Hwy

P.O. Box 3485

Williamsport, PA 17701-0485

Dear Chairman Gilmour:

I am writing to initiate a dialog with you and invite you to come to the table and meet with Mr. Henderson, attorney for Jackie Robinson West and myself.  There are many retired Judges who could act as mediator so that everyone’s interest is protected.

I believe most of the nation feels that these children are being punished for actions that were not theirs.  These kids played the game, they were the appropriate age, the balls used were standard, the bats used were standard they followed all the rules on the field and played with good sportsmanship.   If there is any information that can explain the stripping of the title from the children I think it is in the best interest of the entire Little League community to give us a written explanation of your decision.

Please come to the table so we can at least have a conversation.  The entire Little League community deserves a written explanation with documentation of the decision to strip a winning team of their title in the World Series Tournament.

Please respond to Attorney Henderson’s request for a written response with documentation at your earliest convenience.


Monique D. Davis

State Representative, 27th District

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