Our founder, Frank Frangie, grew up in an era of baseball that included some of the baseball greats like Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Rod Carew and many more. Back then, baseball was truly America's past-time with African American players representing over 25% of all major leaguers.
Today, baseball's African American representation in MLB is hovering around 7%. Efforts are being made by MLB, the MLBPA, and others to combat this decline but there is much work to be done. We believe our part in that work starts at the youth level, getting young people introduced and playing baseball within urban and underserved communities.
We exist to provide all youth the opportunity to learn and play the sport of baseball. For youth that desire more than just an introduction, we strive to offer additional opportunities for development, experience, and exposure as they mature into adulthood. We hope that through baseball we can teach youth many life lessons and skills that prepare them for life.
How do we plan to increase participation among the underserved?
Increase support among youth baseball organizations to increase their capacity while reducing fees to participants
Develop and train coaches to deliver quality instruction and a good experience for both participants and parents
Continue our school clinics introducing youth to baseball, providing instruction and a free glove
Create more partnerships within the youth sports community to encourage participation and form new teams
Provide additional opportunities for middle and high school aged athletes to play and develop their skills