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StoryCorps: William and Glen Haley

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William Haley and his brother Glen remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, founder of Jackie Robinson West Little League in Chicago.

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William Haley and his brother Glen remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, who founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971 on the South Side of Chicago. Although the league only had one team at its inception, it fostered the talents of ballplayers who later played in the major leagues. Such players include Emil Brown, Marvell Wyne and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

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William Haley and his brother Glen remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, who founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971 on the South Side of Chicago. Although the league only had one team at its inception, it fostered the talents of ballplayers who later played in the major leagues. Such players include Emil Brown, Marvell Wyne and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

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NPR's "Morning Edition"

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WH: I can still hear him hollering, coaching. And the kids would just be running over the field and every kid through the league -- no matter if he cut them from the All-Star team or if he suspended them from school -- they respected him because he was a man of his word. And they knew he cared truly about them as a person.

GH: Dad has been passed two years now. I can say it is a bit of a time of transition. One day a parent came to the park and she wanted to speak to Mr. Haley. I didn't really even know what to say because immediately I said, 'Well, maybe she didn't know my father had passed away.'

I'm trying to think how I can redirect her. And one of the guys with me says, 'She wants to talk to you!' So she -- you know, and it was just so strange and the challenge for us is that we have to, um, kind of walk in that same path.

WH: Exactly. Some things I tried to model from him.

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