Baseball World Cup

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Not to be confused with World Baseball Classic.
Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2011 Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 1938
No. of teams 16 (in 2011)
Continent International
Most recent champion(s)  Netherlands
Most titles  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]

The Baseball World Cup was discontinued in favor of an expanded World Baseball Classic tournament. The IBAF will sanction two brand new tournaments: the 21 and Under World Cup in 2014 and a senior tournament involving the best 12 teams of the world called the IBAF Premier 12 in 2015.[3]

History[edit]

There have been 38 Baseball World Cups to date and the last World Cup was held 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.

Until 1998 the competition was limited to amateur players. After 1998, professional minor league players competed, but Major League Baseball has not allowed 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 other world cups—which include players from the most prestigious professional leagues—than the Baseball World Cup.

Tournament results[edit]

Year Final Host Final four Number of teams
Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place
1938
Details
United Kingdom
Great Britain

Great Britain

United States
2
1939
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Nicaragua

United States
3
1940
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Nicaragua

United States

Hawaii

Venezuela
7
1941
Details
Cuba
Havana

Venezuela

Cuba

Mexico

Panama
9
1942
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Venezuela

Mexico
5
1943
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Mexico

Dominican Republic

Panama
4
1944
Details
Venezuela
Caracas

Venezuela

Mexico

Cuba

Panama
8
1945
Details
Venezuela
Caracas

Venezuela

Colombia

Panama

Nicaragua
6
1947 Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia

Puerto Rico

Nicaragua

Mexico
9
1948 Nicaragua
Managua

Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico

Colombia

Mexico
8
1950
Details
Nicaragua
Managua

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Venezuela

Panama
12
1951
Details
Mexico
Mexico City

Puerto Rico

Venezuela

Cuba

Dominican Republic
11
1952 Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico

Panama
13
1953 Venezuela
Caracas

Cuba

Venezuela

Nicaragua

Dominican Republic
11
1961 Costa Rica
San José

Cuba

Mexico

Venezuela

Panama
10
1965 Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia

Mexico

Puerto Rico

Panama
9
1969 Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo

Cuba

United States

Dominican Republic

Venezuela
11
1970 Colombia
Bogotá

Cuba

United States

Puerto Rico

Colombia
12
1971 Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Colombia

Nicaragua

Puerto Rico
10
1972 Nicaragua
Managua

Nicaragua
[4]

Cuba

United States

Japan
16
1973 Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Puerto Rico

Venezuela

Dominican Republic
8
1973 Nicaragua
Managua

United States

Nicaragua

Puerto Rico

Colombia
11
1974 United States
New York

United States

Nicaragua

Colombia

Dominican Republic
9
1976 Colombia
Bogotá

Cuba

Puerto Rico

Japan

Nicaragua
11
1978
Details
Italy
Rome

Cuba

United States

South Korea

Japan
11
1980
Details
Japan
Tokyo

Cuba

South Korea

Japan

United States
12
1982
Details
South Korea
Seoul

South Korea

Japan

United States

Chinese Taipei
10
1984
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

United States

Japan
13
1986
Details
Netherlands
Amsterdam

Cuba

South Korea

Chinese Taipei

United States
12
1988
Details
Italy
Rome

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei

Japan
12
1990
Details
Canada
Edmonton

Cuba

Nicaragua

South Korea

Puerto Rico
12
1994
Details
Nicaragua
Managua

Cuba

South Korea

Japan

Nicaragua
16
1998
Details
Italy
Rome

Cuba

South Korea

Nicaragua

Italy
16
2001
Details
Chinese Taipei
Taipei

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei

Japan
16
2003
Details
Cuba
Havana

Cuba

Panama

Japan

Chinese Taipei
16
2005
Details
Netherlands
Rotterdam

Cuba

South Korea

Panama

Netherlands
18
2007
Details
Chinese Taipei
Taipei

United States

Cuba

Japan

Netherlands
16
2009
Details
Italy
Nettuno

United States

Cuba

Canada

Puerto Rico
22
2011
Details
Panama
Panama City

Netherlands

Cuba

Canada

United States
16

Medal table[edit]

Rank Country Gold Gold medal world centered.svg Silver Silver medal world centered.svg Bronze Bronze medal world centered.svg Total Medals world.svg
1  Cuba 25 4 2 31
2  United States 4 7 4 15
3  Venezuela 3 2 4 9
4  Colombia 2 2 2 6
5  South Korea 1 5 2 8
6  Puerto Rico 1 4 4 9
7  Dominican Republic 1 3 2 6
8  Great Britain 1 0 0 1
8  Netherlands 1 0 0 1
10  Nicaragua 0 5 5 10
11  Mexico 0 4 1 5
12  Japan 0 1 5 6
13  Chinese Taipei 0 1 3 4
14  Panama 0 1 2 3
15  Canada 0 0 2 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBAF World Ranking Notes" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original 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
  4. ^ http://www.ibaf.org/en/tournament/baseball-world-cup/faf4ffe6-b5f3-4913-851c-d4dcf7b9927d

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