Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities is the top grassroots baseball and softball initiative for Major League Baseball and is supported by many current and former Major League Players. The seed that was planted in south Los Angeles in 1989 has grown to include 185 global RBI programs servicing 200,000 boys and girls.
Since inception, The Dodgers have been in partnership with the founding Los Angeles Program. There are currently 2,500 boys and girls participating in the local RBI program.
On Thursday night, February 7, 2008 RBI honored the organization for their 50 years in Los Angeles at the 19th annual RBI Hall of Fame Dinner at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios. Former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, and Darryl Strawberry made up the 2008 class of the RBI Hall of Fame and were inducted at the ceremony. Castillo and Landreaux, both members of the Dodgers' 1981 World Championship team, are active members of the Dodger Legends Bureau. Strawberry played for the Dodgers from 1991-93.
Don Newcombe, former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger and the only player in Major League history to win the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards, presented his annual "Don Newcombe Award," to two current Crenshaw high school stars, softball player Alia Williams and baseball star LeJon Baker, who many in the scouting community believe has the same skills and talent as Strawberry. RBI also saluted Chuck Essegian and Ron Cey as members of previous Dodger World Championship teams in 1959 and 1981.
The highlight of the RBI season is the championship game, which is hosted by the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. For more information about RBI call (310) 324-4648 or visit the website rbilosangeles.com ».