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2003 RBI Facts

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Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

  • Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children and encourage kids to stay in school and stay off the streets

  • In 2003 RBI reaches more than 185 cities worldwide, serving more than 120,000 boys and girls, giving them the opportunity to play baseball and softball

  • Divided into five divisions for local league play: freshman boys (13-14 year olds), junior boys (15 -16 year olds), senior boys (17-18 year olds) and girls softball (14 and under and 18 and under)

  • Founded in 1989 by former Major Leaguer John Young

  • Through Major League Baseball's partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA), each local RBI program conducts Major League Baseball's Breaking Barriers educational program and/or B&GCA's Quick SMART! program, a condensed version of B&GCA's award-winning SMART Moves program

  • Typical RBI league schedules operate from May to August

  • Major League Baseball assumed administration of RBI in 1991, and, initially in conjunction with the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), has provided start-up grants for RBI programs in more than 185 cities since 1991

  • Major League Baseball and its clubs have designated more than $15 million worth of resources to the RBI program

  • SGMA donated more than $700,000 to the program from 1993 to 1996

  • All-Star Sporting Goods, Drew Pearson, Rawlings and Russell Athletic are official suppliers of the 2003 RBI Program

  • RBI Coaching Seminars instruct coaches and league organizers on topics ranging from life skills, baseball skills, conflict resolution, media training, marketing and fundraising

  • All 28 Major League cities have supported RBI programs

  • Major League Baseball's Objectives for RBI:
      1) Increase participation and interest in baseball
      2) Encourage academic participation and achievement
      3) Increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and the minor leagues
      4) Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
      5) Develop self-esteem and teach the value of teamwork

    RBI World Series Facts

  • To reach the 2003 World Series, teams will compete in regional tournaments. Tentative dates are listed below with locations:

    RegionHost TeamHost CityDates
    Mid - AtlanticBaltimore OriolesBaltimore, MDJuly 3-5, 2003
    PacificAnaheim AngelsAnaheim, CAJuly 11-14, 2003
    SouthwestColorado RockiesDenver, COJuly 12-14, 2003
    FloridaTampa Bay Devil RaysSt. Petersburg, FLJuly 17-20, 2003
    NortheastTrenton ThunderTrenton, NJJuly 17-20, 2003
    SouthMemphis RedbirdsMemphis, TNJuly 17-20, 2003
    CentralCleveland IndiansCleveland, OHJuly 18-20, 2003

  • Eleventh annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series to be held August 6 through 13, 2003, in Houston, TX. Hosted by the Houston Astros, home of the 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star game.

  • Managed by Major League Baseball, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Sponsors include Rawlings Sporting Goods, All-Star Sporting Goods, Drew Pearson Marketing, Inc., and Russell Athletic.

  • Divided into three divisions: Junior Boys (13-15 year olds), Senior Boys (16-18 year olds) and Girls Softball (18 and under).

  • International entries who have competed for championship titles include: Montreal, Canada; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas and St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands; Taipei, Taiwan; Prague, Republic of Czech; and London, England.

  • Previous World Series Venues & Champions:

    YearLocationHostBoys Jr. ChampBoys Sr. ChampGirls Champ
    1993St. Louis, MOCardinalsAtlanta, GAAtlanta, GAN/A
    1994Anaheim, CAAngelsSan Juan, PRSan Juan, PRN/A
    1995Philadelphia, PAPhilliesAtlanta, GALos Angeles, CANewark, NJ
    1996Cleveland, OHIndiansSan Juan, PRSan Juan, PRSan Juan, PR
    1997Denver, CORockiesMiami, FLSan Juan, PRSt. Petersburg, FL
    1998Kissimmee, FLBravesSan Juan, PRAtlanta, GADenver, CO
    1999Kissimmee, FLBravesSan Juan, PRSan Juan, PRMiami, FL
    2000Kissimmee, FLBravesLos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
    2001Kissimmee, FLBravesLos Angeles, CATampa, FLAtlanta, GA
    2002Chicago, ILWhite SoxAtlanta, GALos Angeles, CAAtlanta, GA