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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“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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Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”

Wait for Pat James at the end.

Rising Together from William Paul Thomas on Vimeo.

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Junior Players Join the Celebration at Wrightwood Park

Durham Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a few baseball players to come out to Wrightwood Park on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm to hit the ball around. Durham Parks and Rec is having a celebration for that park? Come on down and play ball!

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2017 Long Ball Award Banquet

At the banquet on Saturday August 5th, AW North Carolina Sr. General Manager spoke about Long Ball heroes and it being an honor to attend the banquet. Mayor Bill Bell came with a Proclamation claiming “August 5th 2017 Pat James Day”. The staff also presented Pat with the a Shining Star plaque for 9 years of serving the community.

Pat spoke to the players telling them that unfortunately the nature of sports is to see who wins the season and tournament but there is something that everyone has the ability to excel in and no one can take away and that is a good education. This year Pat’s focus was on academics as she presented the players with 4.0 GPA and above a large Scholar trophy and the B honors players a slightly smaller trophy. She challenged all the players next year to be an A and B scholars because with that you can pick the college they want to go to and not wait and pray that a college accepts you. Long Ball had about 15 players on the A/B honor which makes Long Ball so proud and a big impression on AW NC manager as she stated that as long as she was employed in that position Long Ball will always get their support.


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Pat James Day

William V. “Bill” Bell, Mayor of Durham proclaimed Saturday, August 5th Pat James Day

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Olympic Night and Fireworks USA vs. Cuba


USA Baseball is having an Olympic Night event this weekend! The event will give fans the opportunity to get autographs from former and current Olympians, watch Team USA as they take on Cuba, hang out with local sports organizations in our Olympic Village, and end the night with glow sticks and a fireworks display!

Olympic Night is on Sunday, July 2nd, at 6:05 pm at our National Training Complex in Cary, NC. The purpose of the night will be to celebrate baseball’s reinstatement in the 2020 Olympic Games and to highlight some of the sports that make up the Olympics. The first pitch will be thrown out by former Olympian and USA Baseball alum, Bobby Witt, and he will be signing autographs later in the game with the other Olympians in attendance.

This will be a great opportunity for your athletes and their families to meet these players and celebrate Team USA right before the 4th of July. We hope some of you will be able to make it and celebrate with us! Tickets are $10 adults or $5 youth (5 – 12 years old) and can be purchased here, or at the gate on the day of the game.

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