American Baseball Foundation

Welcome to American Baseball Foundation

Since its inception in 1994, the American Baseball Foundation Inc. has been successful in its role of an instructional center for both under-served youth in United States communities, (through the ABF Baseball & Academic Skills Instructional Course (BASIC); and also for youth from diverse communities on a worldwide basis.



BASIC is a Blast for Summer Scholar-Athletes

Nearing the end of the American Baseball Foundation Inc.’s  BASIC’s 16th summer program, nearly 250 children have learned the basics of baseball and improved their math and literacy skills while having a blast in Central Alabama.

Just like sugar helps the medicine go down, BASIC has always used sports to introduce high-quality math and reading lessons to help prevent the learning loss that can occur over the summer months.

close1girl2redsFor the first time, in addition to our traditional two-week programs, we have offered a five-week program for 70 students in Pinson, Alabama. The five-week program was a partnership with the language department of the Jefferson County schools. Funding comes from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as part of the SAIL Consortium of Philanthropic Organizations. 

Also new this summer, we responded to the nation’s growing emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we intensified our focus on math and physics to give STEM a new twist: STEMS, or science, teaching, engineering and math through Sports.

Thanks to excellent instruction delivered by veteran Birmingham teachers, our students learned why a curve ball curves and a why Beckham can bend a soccer ball. And of course, students still learned lessons about character and sportsmanship from some of our favorite and most revered sports heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Pele.

This summer’s highly successful program was made possible with new volunteer support and contributions of time, food and materials. We are fortunate to have a growing list of supporters helping us bring this popular program to new generations of children.  It’s a great summer for learning!

Download the 2004 BASIC Brochure
Download the 2014 Summer BASIC Info Sheet
Download the 2014 BASIC Registration Form
Download the 2014 BASIC Medical Form

 BASIC Kids Re-live Jackie Robinson’s Pioneer Days

I, Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia.  I was the youngest child of sharecropper Jerry and Mallie Robinson (my parents).  After my dad deserted my family in 1920, my mother moved me and my brother, sister to Pasadena, California.  I grew up in a racially mixed environment—Asians, Latinos, and whites and while I experienced racism, Southern California was not the Jim Crow south.outjump1good

I was a standout athlete, no doubt one of the best all-around athletes in American sports history.  The Philadelphia Phillies, lead by manager Ben Chapman, assaulted me with streams of racial slurs and epithets when they met the Brooklyn Dodgers for the first time in 1947.

On my retirement from baseball, I entered the corporate world as vice president for personnel for the restaurant chain chock Full O Nuts.   It was 1958—coffey cost ten cents, a fresh lobster salad sandwich a quarter.  Chock Full O Nuts employed large numbers of African Americans.

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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.