Da Gambler’s TSL Top 10 Sports Stories Of 2014:  #10 Black On Black Pine At The LLWS  

The 2014 TSL Season in Sports was another action-packed, multi-layered experience with athletics once again crossing over into national news and sparking social and political conversations on race, wealth privilege and homosexuality in pro sports. Conversations that are offspring of the emotionally-charged fabric of athletic competition and our country's dependence on it. 

Records were broken on the field and revelations were made off of it,  as the changing dynamics of a far-reaching sports landscape forced Americans to look into the mirror and evaluate their morals, beliefs and character.

A volatile and tense racial tea kettle brewing between America's citizens, urban jungles, police force, billion dollar industries and instigative media machines has relied on the world of sports as an expression of growing frustration and a tool of medication and mediation.  

Here are the TSL pieces I wrote that I consider must-reads as we reflect on the most important sports stories that we covered with our bold, culturally unique, eloquent and impassioned flavor.  

Jackie Robinson West Little League from the Southside of Chi-Town and Mo'ne Davis and her Philly Funksters proved that baseball is a very viable and exceptionally executed sport in the hood. 



JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.