With the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago being forced to forfeit its U.S. title because it bent residency rules, it’s worth noting this isn’t the first scandal for the Little League World Championship.
Here are five of the other prominent scandals:
1. In 2001, Rolando Paulino Little League from Bronx, N.Y., forfeited a third-place finish after it was found that pitcher Danny Almonte, was 14, too old to play and lived outside the league boundaries. “It was confusing at first,” Almonte said in an ESPN documentary that aired last August, “because they never asked me what age I’m gonna play.”
“I think they took advantage of me,” he said of Paulino and his father, who was also reportedly a part of the scheme. “And it made me feel bad.”
2. In 1992, the Zamboanga City Little League from the Philippines forfeited its title after admitting to using eight players from outside the league’s boundaries and six overage players. At the time, the local administrator claimed the eight players were unable to travel to China and the eight players were not used to get an advantage but to help fill roster spots.
3. In 1975, after teams from Taiwan won four consecutive Little League World Series titles, foreign teams were banned for a year while rules were put in place to prohibit year-round practicing and out-of-district players.
4. In 1997, after Little League announced it would strictly enforce residency requirements, Taiwan withdrew from the tournament.
5. In August, the team from Peachtree City, Ga., was forced to give up its state championship because the team used too many 12-year-olds on a team during the regular season. The rules say a maximum of eight players. An investigation found 12 of the 14 players were 12 and two were 11.