Baseball World Cup

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Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2011 Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 1938
Ceased 2011
No. of teams 16 (in 2011)
Continent International
Last
champion(s)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Most titlesFlag of Cuba.svg  Cuba (25 times)

The Baseball World Cup was an international tournament in which national baseball teams from around the world competed. It was sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). Along with the World Baseball Classic, it was one of two active tournaments considered by the IBAF to be a major world championship. [1] The baseball tournament at the Summer Olympic Games was also considered a major world championship while baseball was an Olympic sport. [2]

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

International Baseball Federation international baseball governing body

The International Baseball Federation is the former worldwide governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee as overseeing, deciding and executing the policy of the sport of baseball. The IBAF has since become the international baseball "Division" of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the officially recognized world governing body for baseball. One of its principal responsibilities under the WBSC is to organize, standardize and sanction international competitions among baseball's 124 national governing bodies through its various tournaments to determine a world champion and calculate world rankings for both men's and women's baseball. Prior to the establishment of the WBSC, which has since superseded its authority, the IBAF had been the lone entity that can assign the title of "world champion" to any baseball team delegated to represent a nation. Its offices are housed within the WBSC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland—the Olympic Capital.

World Baseball Classic international baseball tournament

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament sanctioned from 2006 to 2013 by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and after 2013 by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). It was proposed to the IBAF by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world. It is the main baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, which grants to the winner the title of "World Champion".

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After the 2011 tournament, the Baseball World Cup was discontinued in favor of an expanded World Baseball Classic tournament. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) – successor to the IBAF – now sanctions two new tournaments: the biennial 23U Baseball World Cup (begun as the 21U Baseball World Cup in 2014) and WBSC's quadrennial, flagship tournament – involving the twelve best-ranked national teams in the world – called the WBSC Premier12 (starting in 2015). [3]

World Baseball Softball Confederation international baseball and softball governing body

World Baseball Softball Confederation is the world governing body for the sports of baseball and softball. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), the former world governing bodies for baseball and softball, respectively. Under WBSC's organizational structure, IBAF and ISF now serve as the Baseball Division and Softball Division of WBSC. Each division is governed by an Executive Committee, while the WBSC is governed by an Executive Board.

WBSC Premier12

The WBSC Premier12 is the flagship international baseball tournament organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), featuring the twelve best-ranked national baseball teams in the world. The first tournament was held in Taiwan and Japan in November 2015.

The 2015 WBSC Premier12 was an international baseball championship sponsored by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the inaugural event of the WBSC Premier12. It was held from November 8 to 21 in Taiwan and Japan. The South Korean national team won the championship, and split a US$1 million prize.

History

The Baseball World Cup was held 38 times; the final one was in 2011 in Panama. The first tournament, held in 1938, featured only two teams, but the last tournament included 22 participants; the previous two featured 16 and 18 teams (in 2007 and 2005, respectively). The World Cup was originally called the Amateur World Series, until the tournament in 1988. Until 1988, the Amateur World Series was held in intervals of one to four years, except for the eight-year period from 1953–61. From 1988 to 2001, the Baseball World Cup was held in intervals of two to four years. After 2001, the tournament was held every two years.

2011 Baseball World Cup international baseball tournament

The 2011 Baseball World Cup was an international baseball tournament held from October 1 to October 15, 2011. It was the 39th and final Baseball World Cup. The International Baseball Federation selected Panama to host the tournament, turning down bids from Chinese Taipei and Venezuela. The Netherlands defeated Cuba 2–1 to win their first World Cup title, and the first by a European nation since the inaugural event in 1938 won by Great Britain.

Panama Republic in Central America

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.

The 1938 Amateur World Series was the inaugural tournament in what was later known as the Baseball World Cup. It was contested by Great Britain and the United States over a series of five games from August 13 through August 18 in England. It was won by Great Britain.

Until 1998 the competition was limited to amateur players. After 1998, professional minor league players competed, but Major League Baseball did not allow its players to participate. In the months leading up to the high-profile first World Baseball Classic in 2006, many commentators heralded it as a "Baseball World Cup", perhaps not realizing that a tournament of that description already existed and had for almost seventy years. However, the 2006 World Baseball Classic was the first international baseball tournament to include players from the major leagues, making it a closer equivalent to the world cups of other sports—which include players from the most prestigious professional leagues—than to the Baseball World Cup.

The 1998 Baseball World Cup took place in Italy from July 21 to August 2. Participating countries were split in two groups, with the first four of each group qualifying for the finals. Cuba defeated South Korea in the final to win the tournament.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

2006 World Baseball Classic tournament between national baseball teams

The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from Major League Baseball. It was held from March 3 to 20 in stadiums that are in and around Tokyo, Japan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona; Anaheim, California; and San Diego, California.

Tournament results

YearFinal HostFinal fourNumber of teams
ChampionsRunners-up3rd place4th place
1938
Details
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
2
1939
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Nicaragua
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
3
1940
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Nicaragua/
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
7
1941
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
9
1942
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
5
1943
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
4
1944
Details
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Caracas
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
8
1945
Details
Flag of Venezuela.svg
Caracas
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Nicaragua
6
1947 Flag of Colombia.svg
Cartagena, Colombia
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
9
1948 Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Managua
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
8
1950
Details
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Managua
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
12
1951
Details
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico City
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
11
1952 Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
13
1953 Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Caracas
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Nicaragua (1908-1971).svg
Nicaragua
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
11
1961 Flag of Costa Rica.svg
San José
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
10
1965 Flag of Colombia.svg
Cartagena, Colombia
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).png
Mexico
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
9
1969 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Santo Domingo
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
11
1970 Flag of Colombia.svg
Bogotá
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
12
1971 Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
10
1972
Details
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Managua
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
16
1973 Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg
Venezuela
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
8
1973 Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Managua
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
11
1974 Flag of the United States.svg
St. Petersburg
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Colombia.svg
Colombia
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Dominican Republic
9
1976
Details
Flag of Colombia.svg
Bogotá
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
11
1978
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).png
South Korea
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
11
1980
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Tokyo
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).png
South Korea
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
1982
Details
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).png
Seoul
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).png
South Korea
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
10
1984
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
13
1986
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Amsterdam
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
1988
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Parma
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
12
1990
Details
Flag of Canada.svg
Edmonton
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
12
1994
Details
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Managua
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
16
1998
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg
South Korea
Flag of Nicaragua.svg
Nicaragua
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
16
2001
Details
Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Taipei
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
16
2003
Details
Flag of Cuba.svg
Havana
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
16
2005
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Rotterdam
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg
South Korea
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
18
2007
Details
Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Taipei
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
16
2009
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Nettuno
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Canada.svg
Canada
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg
Puerto Rico
22
2011
Details
Flag of Panama.svg
Panama City
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Canada.svg
Canada
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
16

Medal table

RankCountryGold Gold medal world centered.svg Silver Silver medal world centered.svg Bronze Bronze medal world centered.svg Total Medals world.svg
1Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 254231
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 48315
3Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 3249
4Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2226
5Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1528
6Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 1449
7Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 1326
8Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1001
8Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1001
10Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua 05510
11Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 0415
12Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0156
13Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0134
14Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 0123
15Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 0022
Total393939117

See also

The Women's Baseball World Cup is an international tournament in which national women's baseball teams from around the world compete. Through its 2012 edition, it was sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation; following the 2013 merger of the IBAF with the International Softball Federation, future tournaments will be sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). In the eight times it has been held, the tournament has been won twice by the United States and six consecutive times by Japan in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Baseball at the Summer Olympics Baseball at the Summer Olympics

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The Intercontinental Cup was a baseball tournament between the members of the then-International Baseball Federation (IBAF). It was first held in 1973 in Italy, and was held every other year following until 1999.

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References

  1. "IBAF World Ranking Notes" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  2. "Singapore 2005: 2012 Olympic Sport Vote". International Olympic Committee. 11 July 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  3. The Congress approved a new format of International tournaments