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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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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Senior Day at the DAP, Wednesday June 28, 2017

2017 Senior Day

LongBall 2016 seniors that still playing and helping coach

Landon Riley, Walter Parham, Maurice Jacobs, Cole Campanile and Kyland Bullock, three LongBall 2016 players that’s eligible to play this year according to Major League Baseball RBI age chart. Kyland Bullock aged out but returned to help coach the Braves team which he played on last year.

This Wednesday June 28, 2017 will be senior day, please bring a friend and help us celebrate our seniors for this year. Help us recognize their hard work. Game at the DAP starts at 6 pm.

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Father’s Weekend Concert

Purchase tickets on-line at:

For more information contact:

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Chevy Youth Baseball Clinics with the Durham Bulls

As part of the Chevy Youth Baseball Program, our local Central Carolina Chevy Dealers are hosting two FREE youth baseball instructional clinics for boys and girls ages 6-14! Instruction will be provided by the Durham Bulls.

Spots are available on a first come, first served basis – register NOW to secure your spot!

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701

Check-In: 8:00AM
Clinic: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Snacks: 12:00PM

Click here to watch videos to see what clinics are all about!

Online Registration is Easy!

  1. Go to
  2. Click the blue “Register Now” button
  3. Select “Raleigh” in the drop-down menu
  4. Enter the password “playball” (all lowercase, no spaces) and click “Submit
  5. Click “Register Now” for desired session and enter registration information. Click “Add Attendee” on the next screen to add players.
  6. Click the blue “Complete Registration” button at the end of the page to submit your registration!
  7. Don’t forget to download the waiver (from the website OR your confirmation e-mail!). Each child must have a completed waiver to participate!

Upload your best Chevy Baseball moments using the hashtag – #ChevyBaseball – to Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. Include your Team/League name, City, State, and don’t forget “#ChevyBaseball!

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