Video of Pat James and Coach Frank Jacobs

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Equipment donation by Jackson Hicks

Jackson Hicks

Jackson Hicks a senior at East Chapel Hill High School

Back on June 30, 2015 Pat James got an email from Jackson Hicks, a senior at  East Chapel Hill High School. After reading an article about Long Ball and our association with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). He offered to gather baseball equipment that he and his teammates had outgrown. In the true spirit of sportsmanship he wanted to share with Long Ball and RBI.

Pat explained that since our players span the ages of 13 to 18 and are all sizes, any and all donations would be welcome.

Later in July he got together with Pat and dropped off what he had gathered so far. Here’s a picture of what he had.

Donated equiptment

Donated equiptment

We are are overwhelmed by his generosity, thoughtfulness and sportsmanship.

Thank you Jackson!

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R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities)

We are glad to announce that Durham Triple Play Long Ball will be under the umbrella of R.B.I. which is a Major League program. Every player in our program will be an R.B.I. player. Please visit the RBI website to see all the wonderful opportunities they provide.

The staff will be attending training sessions for new participants in March 2014. The good news is we are already operating according to their guidelines, so it will be an easy transition.

What does this mean for you?

We will need a copy of player’s physical (which you should have if he played sports in school, if not please get one from your physician. Copy of birth certificate if we don’t have it and insurance fee of $25 per player which is an R.B.I. requirement. This fee must be paid even if you have your own insurance as it is mandatory secondary insurance that each participant must purchase. You can’t participate in RBI/ Durham Triple Play without this insurance. This is for new and returning players. Please collect this information and put aside for registration 2014 if your son plans to return next year. We will send out email updates and reminders about registration and tryouts once the dates have been set.

In the past we were able to wait for this information, now we have to have it before we can let your son participate in team practices and season games.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email and we look forward to working with you to make this program even better.

Durham Triple Play Staff

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What is the Long Ball Baseball Program?

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Durham Triple Play League is taking part in the Chevy Youth Sports Program!

Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Southpoint is sponsoring a test drive program. The test drives to support Durham Triple Play League must be done between Wednesday, November 11th and Saturday, November 14th. To set up an appointment for your test drive please call Maggie at (919)723-0390. Our goal is to get at least 20 test drives to get the grant to fund our program.  This program will help gain funding for Durham Triple Play League. Please support this effort and take a test drive today! We’re counting on you. Thank you..

Thank you all, Chevy Youth Sports Program, Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Southpoint and of course Ms Pat James.


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Long Ball seniors RBI 2019 World Series

Headed to the RBI World Series


Before the first game

See the results here, click Senior Baseball in the center.

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AW NC 2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 AW NC scholarship winners.

Mrs Wilson AW NC, Jonathyn Neville, AW NC President Susumu Kasai, Jordan Grafton , Pat James,

Both players received a $1000 scholarship.

Many thanks to our sponsor AW North Carolina.

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Longball Seniors Win RBI Mid-Atlantic Regionals

Senior Team with Pat O’Conner, President, Minor League Baseball (just left of center in the black shirt) and David James, Vice President Baseball and Softball Development Major League Baseball (extreme right).

The Longball Senior team won the RBI Mid-Atlantic Regionals the weekend of July 20th and will go on to play in the RBI World Series in Florida in August.

Senior Team with Pat O’Conner, President, Minor League Baseball (on left in the black shirt) and David James, Vice President Baseball and Softball Development Major League Baseball (one person left of extreme right).

Also mentioned in the The Durham Bull-etin®, 7/24/2019

Congratulations to the Durham Senior Long Ball team! They won the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament recently hosted in Durham and will be flying to Florida to participate in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series from August 4th-9th. This is the first time in 30 years that Major League Baseball has hosted a regional tournament in North Carolina.

[Credit Discover Durham]
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Ms Pat throwing out the 1st pitch at Duke vs Georgia Tech

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Mother’s Day Dinner and Musical Explosion Scholarship Fundraiser

This event will be held on Sunday May 12, 2019.

Doors open at 2:00 pm and the event starts at 3:00 pm.

Come and enjoy the festivities: Praise Dancers, Mime Performers, Gospel Music and Motown Songs.

Menu: Baked chicken, meatball & gravy, rice, rolls, string beans, potato salad. Banana pudding, cupcakes & Lemonade.

Tickets: (919)236-3101

Download a flyer for all the details.

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Mandatory Coach & Volunteer Training

SafeSport mandatory training is required by MLB for all coaches and volunteers. The training courses are free online courses and there are 3 that need to be taken.

Following successful completion of each course you will receive a downloadable certificate.

The course link, instructions on how to take the course and further instructions on downloading and providing the certificate to Longball are found at the Training page on this site.

Training Page

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Passing of Coach Frank Jacobs, Jr.

Coach Frank Jacobs, Jr.

Coach Frank Jacobs, Jr homegoing service will be this Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 12 noon. Visitation an hour before. First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave. Durham NC 27707.

You were a coach that turned boys into outstanding athletes. Durham sports will never be the same because gone is one of the best in the game!

The family is requesting that donations be made to Longball in lieu of flowers.

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Hendrick GM Southpoint is going to bat for Durham Triple Play in 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Long Ball Program – Durham Triple Play Leagues has partnered with Hendrick GM Southpoint through its Chevy Youth Baseball program. This program will provide our league with new equipment, instructional opportunities as well as monetary support.

In 2019, the Chevy Youth Baseball Test Drive Fundraiser is a program by which Hendrick GM Southpoint will provide everything you need on opening day, Tuesday May 28th at 6:00 pm at the Durham Athletic Park.

Did you know that Chevy stores can service all makes and models?

The Chevy Youth Baseball Test Drive Fundraiser is EASY!

The dealership folks will will have the code and laptops right at the ballpark so you can register right at the game.


Earn $25 for Durham Triple Play by test driving a new Chevrolet with Hendrick Chevrolet Southpoint! From now to June 30, 2019, Hendrick Chevrolet Southpoint is providing $25 to Durham Triple Play for each eligible test drive completed of a new Chevrolet vehicle at Hendrick Chevrolet Southpoint, up to a maximum of 20 drives, or $500. Contribution will be made upon redemption of validation code, provided by dealership, at

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Pat James, MLK Activist Award for 2019

Ms Pat James, President of the Long Ball RBI program is awarded the MLK Activist Award for her dedication to inner city youths in Durham and surrounding cities for the past ten years. She has impacted over 2000 youths and still counting.

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