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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Hendrick GM Southpoint is going to bat for Durham Triple Play in 2018

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 2018, the Chevy Youth Baseball Test Drive Fundraiser is a program by which Hendrick GM Southpoint will provide everything you need on opening day, Thursday May 31st 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.



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2018 Tryouts

Tryouts: Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 am Hillside Park both age groups. You will need to register online as RBI require all participants use the online leagueApp for all participants including coaches and staff.

Register here.


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Pitch Hit & Run Event

phrPitch Hit & Run Event

For Girls and Boys
Friday March 9, 2018
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701
6:00 pm Duke vs. Virginia Baseball Game (event after the game.)

You don’t have to be a softball or baseball player to throw a ball, run around the bases and hit off a “T”. Girls will use a softball and boys a baseball. Please call Samuel Place for free Duke baseball tickets at (919)684-9734.

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DukeTODAY quarterly roundup of Duke author books

Pat James “From My Heart to Yours: Inspirational Poems and Words of Encouragement and Comfort for Everyday Life” Made the DukeTODAY quarterly roundup of Duke author books.

Look for it about half way down the page at this link.

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Pat James nominated for the 2018 Keeper of the Dream Award

Long Ball Program – Durham Triple Play Leagues President, Ms Pat James has been nominated for the 2018 Keeper of the Dream Award. The Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc. presents two 2018 Keeper of the Dream Awards: one recognizing an individual and the other recognizing an organization for outstanding leadership and service to improve the quality of life of all citizens and work toward economic justice for all people.

The award will be presented during the Annual Religious Service on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway, Durham, NC 27713. The Service begins at 6:00 pm. Doris Ingram-Randall, Chair of the Awards Committee will present the award and describe the work of the recipient in addition to detailing the reasons why the recipient is being recognized.

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Long Ball / North Carolina in ‘America At The Seams’

Long Ball Program – Durham Triple Play Leagues is mentioned in a new book:

America At The Seams: America At The Seams: 50 Stories in 50 States of How Baseball United Our Country

Here’s a link to the section: America at the Seams

You have to buy the book to read the whole section, or ask Ms Pat if you can borrow her copy.

Here’s a link to the project: Project

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“From My Heart To Yours” Book Signing December 1, 2017 Pictures

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Save the date for 100 Men in Black

Please save Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5 pm for the 100 Men in Black annual Christmas Concert. It will be at King’s Park International Church. Location link.

Hope to see you there.

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“From My Heart To Yours” by Pat James

The proceeds of Pat’s newly released book will go towards a
Long Ball Scholarship Fund

Pat writes…

“I have been trying to find a way to support a Long Ball Scholarship Fund and since God blessed me with the talent to write poetry, From My Heart To Yours Inspirational poems and words of encouragement was created”.

“I started writing in high school and have been doing it every since. Half the proceeds will be used to fund Long Ball scholarship fund and the other to continue purchasing books as needed to keep up with demand that I pray will be high. The book includes poems about world events, people from all walks of life and the last chapter is dedicated to families that lost love ones. I know when people spend their money they want something in return, and now I have this book that I can offer them in exchange for their support.”

This link will go directly to to purchase one. Thank you.

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MLB Diversity Fellowship Program

Major League Baseball recently announced its Diversity Fellowship Program, a new initiative designed to recruit the most talented and diverse array of individuals to a career in baseball. The program is open to young men and women who have recently earned an undergraduate or graduate degree, and who seek to pursue a career in baseball at the front office or league level.

This is wonderful opportunity for alumni from Long Ball Program – Durham Triple Play Leagues. There are a number of qualified, competitive, candidates coming out of RBI Leagues around the country and it would be great to see our players considered for this program.

For more information, please visit

The application criteria and on-line application form are located here;

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