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Inaugural “Pappa Jack Baseball Classic” pulls in huge crowd & “Sportskid of the Year” Mona Davis

pappa jackRickwood Field has seen its share of amazing athletes, and now the “Sportskid of the Year”, Mona Davis, is added to that list. The inaugural “Pappa Jack Youth Baseball Classic” brought a crowd from all over the country to watch Davis and the Youth Birmingham Black Barons. Ron Jackson, better known as “Pappa Jack”, was part of the Boston Red Sox World Series win in 2004. His winning attitude now as coach of the youth black Barons and his heart for the kids has brought a lot of success to the Willie Mays RBI League. With a new baseball facility at Cooper Green Park, city leaders hope to attract the RBI Urban Academy to increase player development. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit