“Jackson graduated from Marin Catholic-Kentfield and headed to the University of Arkansas to play baseball. After one season, he transferred to Cal. After Cal, he played in the Cubs’ organization for two years and later worked as a scout for the Padres. He founded the nonprofit First Base Foundation, which sponsors a high school travel-ball program, the California Warriors, intended to make travel ball affordable for players, regardless of race, ethnic or socioeconomic background.
Jackson’s coaching career is just getting off the ground, but he has learned a lot from Baker over the years.
‘Just the ability to bounce ideas off him,” Jackson said. “When someone has that much experience, the things you can learn, but just sitting and listening are priceless.’
Few managers in baseball have connected with players and built relationships as well as Baker. Jackson has studied that strength up close.”
SF Chronicle – “Baseball Struggles to Reach Black America”
“For the first time in memory, the Giants, reigning champions, have no African American players in camp this spring. It’s a stunning development on a team whose history is molded by Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson and Dusty Baker.
‘I didn’t realize it had gotten that dramatic,’ said Noah Jackson, whose First Base Foundation program works to give minority athletes in the Bay Area the opportunity to play baseball.”
“He’s been through everything, so all the hitters know that you’ve got to respect this guy and listen to what he says. Among all my coaches, this guy’s the one you want to be playing for.” – Cody Slader
“‘I’m just looking to be part of baseball,’ Venable said. ‘I feel like I have a lot to offer for kids. So when Noah called to ask if I wanted to coach the Warriors, I said perfect.'”
Yahoo! Sports – “Great Lakes Loons’ O’Koyea Dickson Becomes All-Star Performer”
“Judging by his numbers and performance in the Midwest League All-Star Game, his hard work has paid off.”
PDPreps – “Giants Draft Cloverdale, Cal Star Delfino”
“Last year helped prepare me for life in general, dealing with adversity and fighting through it and coming out unscathed,” Delfino said.”
“‘My goal for this year was to become a professional player by the end of it and I hope to live up to that dream,’ Conroy said.”
“On potential alone, the Blue Jays where going to draft Pearson in the 10th round if he would sign. But he couldn’t give them a definite answer. Toronto still drafted him in the 30th round.”
“‘Playing this summer showed how much better I can get. And I can get a lot better. I’m just scratching the surface.'” – Devin Pearson
“‘I’m going to sign, definitely,’ Bostjancic said. ‘I mean, this is my one shot, so I’m going to go for it… Now that this is over, I’m ready to start playing ball.'”