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JON SEIDEL. Staff Reporter

Birdie Lloyd's grandson, a Little Leaguer from Wisconsin, knew his grandma could get him a shirt.

She didn't let him down.

Lloyd left Dick's Sporting Goods on Tuesday with eight bright-yellow T-shirts celebrating the success of the Jackie Robinson West baseball team.

Lloyd lives in the South Loop, which made it a little easier for her to get to the store, at Roosevelt and Canal, by 5:48 a.m. - but even then, she was the second in line. By the time the store opened at 9 a.m., several hundred people were waiting, a store spokesman estimated.

Thanks to her early start, "Grandma got the shirt," Lloyd said.

Brian Dibbert, a spokesman for the store, said the shirts that went on sale Tuesday would be the only shipment.

"When they're gone, they're gone," he said.

Each shirt cost $20. All net proceeds will go back to the Jackie Robinson West team, but Dibbert did not know how much money was raised.

The store also sold out of nearly 5,000 Great Lakes championship shirts, Dibbert said.

The shirts will most likely make up a sea of yellow at Wednesday's rally and parade for the Little Leaguers.

People lined up outside the store on Tuesday said they were proud of the impression the boys from the South Side left on the rest of the world.

"These young men did a good job in representing Chicago and the youth of Chicago," said Anna Haynes, of the Southwest Side.

Jackie Robinson West was the first team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 30 years. The last team to do it was also a Jackie Robinson West squad.

Players returned Monday from Pennsylvania after winning the U.S. bracket but losing in the title game to the team from South Korea. The bright-yellow T-shirts declare the team to be "National Champions."

Wednesday's parade to honor the players is scheduled to start with a 9 a.m. rally at Jackie Robinson Park, 10540 S. Morgan.


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Sandra Kelly from Chicago shows off one of the Jackie Robinson West shirts she bought at Dick's Sporting Goods at 1100 S. Canal on Tuesday. Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media Al Podgorski


August 27, 2014




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