Originally filmed June 2006
The Story: The 16″ softball league in Washington Park is, as far as we know, the busiest 16″ league in the world.
Behind the Story: I can see now that one of the great things about creating “Jay’s Chicago” from my library of “Chicago Tonight” stories is going to be getting back in touch with the people I profiled over the last few years. I called Sarge McKinnon back on October 8 to find out how he and the league were doing. When I did this in 2006, Sarge was the league commissioner and senior umpire. Now, at 77, he’s still the senior umpire.
The Sunday before I spoke with him was the final tournament at Washington Park – 34 teams competed on thirteen diamonds. In the end, “Solution” came out on top, beating 2009 champs “Dog Pound.”