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Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 1938
No. of teams 22 (in 2009)
Continent International
Current champions Flag of the United States United States

The Baseball World Cup is an international tournament in which national baseball teams from around the world compete. The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) created the tournament, After the IBAF and the International Softball Federation (ISF) merged into the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2013, the Baseball World Cup was discontinued. The Premier12, featuring the top 12 nations in the WBSC World Rankings, became the WBSC flagship-event. The WBSC sanctions the World Baseball Classic, a tournament organized by Major League Baseball (MLB). The winners are awarded with the title of Baseball World Champions since the 2013 edition.

History[]

There have been 38 Baseball World Cups to date and the most recent World Cup was held in 2011.

The 2009 edition, played in eight countries across Europe, featured 22 teams, the most ever.

The first tournament, held in 1938, was originally called The John Moore's Trophy. England hosted the United States for a series. The tournament was later recognized as the first edition of the Amateur World Series. Before becoming the Baseball World Cup, the Amateur World Series were unofficially called Baseball World Championship starting the 1972 edition. The became the Baseball World Cup in 1988.

Until 1998 the competition was limited to amateur players. Since 1998, professional minor league players have competed, but Major League Baseball has not allowed its players to participate.

The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the first international baseball tournament to include players from the major leagues.


Medal table[]

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Cuba CUB 25 3 2 30
2 Flag of the United States USA 4 7 4 15
3 Flag of Venezuela VEN 3 2 4 9
4 Flag of Colombia COL 2 2 2 6
5 Flag of South Korea KOR 1 5 2 8
6 Flag of Puerto Rico PUR 1 4 4 9
7 Flag of the Dominican Republic DOM 1 3 2 6
8 Great Britain 1 0 0 1
9 Flag of Nicaragua NIC 0 5 5 10
10 Flag of Mexico MEX 0 4 1 5
11 Flag of Japan JPN 0 1 5 6
12 Flag of Taiwan TPE 0 1 3 4
13 Flag of Panama PAN 0 1 2 3
14 Flag of Canada CAN 0 0 1 1

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