Did you know: There is a baseball team at Amino Jackie Robinson Charter High School in L.A., located in an industrial area on Hill Street near Jefferson, about a mile East of the USC campus on the other side of the Harbor Freeway.
It’s record? Winless in seven games so far, last the CIF L.A. Section’s Crosstown-Ocean standings, outscored 102-29.
According to records kept on MaxPreps.com, 16 of those runs scored came in one game, against Bright Star, including three in the bottom of the seventh to tie it up and send it into extra innings. Bright Star then scored nine in the next inning and won, 25-16.
Jackie Robinson High Monarchs (the nickname is the same as the Negro League team in Kansas City in which Robinson played for in 1945) has been on the wrong end of 13-0 and 10-0 games against New Designs University Park, and another 13-0 loss to Amino Venice.
Sixteen kids are on the roster at a school that has just fewer than 600 total students, using a baseball field at South Park Rec Center, a rare green space in the area over on San Pedro and 51st Street that’s a bit of a trip from the campus down the South Figueroa Corridor.
But they’re there because they want to be. Embrace the fact they even offer this program for these teenagers. As it says on the school’s website: “The mission of our athletic programs is to provide students with competitive opportunities in interscholastic sports so that they will learn and demonstrate the life-long values of leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork and integrity.”
That’s a win-win situation. Play for the name on the front on the jersey.
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