Welcome to American Baseball Foundation

The American Baseball Foundation, a 501 c (3), was founded in 1994 by James R. Andrews M.D. and David Osinski with the vision of educating the Birmingham area youth through sports based academics.

Through our summer program, BASIC, we have been able to track tremendous academic gains during the summer months. During a time when under-served students usually loose what they have learned during the school year, we have been able to see gains on an average of 3 months in both reading and math.

This past summer we were able to support three sites, one in Bessemer and two in the Birmingham City teaching over 120 youth.  The children at these sites not only achieved gains in reading and math, but also learned and played baseball, soccer and volleyball.  They went to Regions Field and Railroad Park, competing against each other academically and in sports.  Watching these children grow and learn so much in such a short time period is an amazing experience.

For the past 20 years the ABF has been instrumental in giving youth a safe and fun environment to learn and grow during the summer and we could not have done this without the community’s support.


– 16th Annual Lead-Off Dinner 2017 –

We are hosting our 16th Annual ABF Lead Dinner on Thursday February 2, 2017.  This year’s guest speaker will be Baseball Hall of Famer, Jim Rice.  We are looking for sponsors to make this annual event the best yet.  This year we are offering a new platinum level sponsorship, along with our Gold Level sponsors   This is an incredible opportunity to see Baseball Hall of Fame, Jim Rice and to support our great programs that impact so many young lives in the Birmingham area.  Please see attached sponsorship page for details.

On June 1, 2015 the American Baseball Foundation along with its partners, launched four simultaneous programs in Jefferson County, Alabama.
With the objective of redressing summer learning loss in reading and math among under-served children, the ABF and partners corralled over 350 students ages seven through fourteen in four venues throughout the county.
Here is a sample of the new BASIC curriculum that seems to keep children enthralled.
(R3-4 Overview)
The entire curriculum includes more than 200 lessons in reading, math and STEM related to sports. Also the ABF offers curriculum in baseball/softball, soccer and volleyball.


Written by the Curriculum and Learning Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the BASIC academic curriculum contains:

  • 110 reading lessons for grades one through eight
  • 100 math lessons for grades one through eight

Additional lessons include:

  • 18 STEMS lessons for grades four through eight
  • 20 baseball/softball/kickball lessons
  • 20 soccer lessons
  • 20 volleyball lessons

collage1BASIC summer programming features a common book reading time ending with a competition among BASIC “home teams”. Home teams are composed of three to four students who work together in the classroom and on the field, supporting each other as they strive to win achievement tickets for the program-ending raffle of toys, sports equipment and recreation prizes.

Students return summer after summer renewing their home team friendships and thrilling to the excitement of new challenges on and off the field. This builds a positive esprit de corps that serves to reinforce the non-cognitive skills that hallmark BASIC instruction—perseverance, determination, cooperation, integrity, zest, gratitude and more.
Partnering with the ABF to provide BASIC for your students is simple. The ABF offers a licensing agreement for the use its BASIC intellectual property. The agreement contains these elements: teacher training outline, BASIC planning timeline, quality assurance, outcomes measurement and program evaluation.
Contact the ABF at 205-558-4235; abf@asmi.org


To become part of Basic go to BASIC  under Programs




Pitching instruction is provided through these methods:

  • Individual lessons for pitchers/hitters at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Parent/player clinics in which instruction is given to the youth player and parent providing an opportunity for family education
  • Pitcher development courses for volunteer coaches who desire to assist their players in prolonging their careers. The international version of the ABF pitcher development courses runs for three days
  • Research related to pitching and the causal factors in youth pitching injury

International Baseball Development

  • ABF educational programs for developing baseball countries include coach education courses, equipment donation and specialized schools related to pitching with the objective of partnering to provide a higher technical level to the youth playing baseball in the hosts countries.
  • International competition in the form of taking youth teams to underdeveloped countries to promote international exchange both culturally and in the sport setting.