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THE NEW FACE OF SOUTH AFRICA TAKES THE FIELD...
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10 PLUS YEARS AFTER APARTHEID ENDED, BLACKS AND WHITES ARE TOGETHER HELPING BASEBALL GROW

 

Baseball in Africa? C’mon, you’re kidding, right? Well, actually no!

 

South Africa has been a participant in the World Baseball Classic. You can learn more about baseball in South Africa, and throughout the continent as well, in World in a Ballpark: Baseball Goes Global which is available for purchase at the Buy Joe's Guides page. If you want to view a sample of the guide and see how easy the guide is to use, visit the World Baseball Classic page.

 

Major League Baseball International has pumped millions of dollars into South Africa alone – and for good reason. Now nearly 20 years into its new democracy, following the fall of apartheid, the continent’s leading economy has some of the best athletes in the world. And now all races are playing alongside one another – and in peace.

 

Like the Aussies, Down Under, Mate!, South Africans are rugby, soccer and cricket players by trade. MLB scouts like the tough demeanor of rugby players and the hand-eye coordination of soccer players and cricketers.

 

You can see Joe's other photos from Africa by traveling to these links: Sultans Of Swing: Baseball in Africa & The Middle East; Jambo From Kenya! and Uganda Respondin'.


 

TEACHING THE TEACHERS HOW TO TEACH...
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ROYALS SCOUT MIKE RANDALL (above left) TRAVELS COUNTRYWIDE PREACHING FUNDAMENTALS

A FUTURE SITE OF AN MLB EXHIBITION GAME?
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TABLE MOUNTAIN LOOMS AS A BACKDROP TO CAPE TOWN'S LARGE CRICKET GROUND

(below left) SOUTH AFRICA'S FREEDOM HERO..;.
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...WITHOUT TIRELESS NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA WOULD NOT BE GROWING ITS BASEBALL PROGRAM

THE SOUTH AFRICANS PLAYING SURFACE IS...
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...WELL, IT COULD USE SOME WORK, WITH RUGGED GRASS INFIELDS!

ONE OF THE FIRST FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO USA...
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...NICK DEMPSEY SIGNED AND PLAYED IN MINOR LEAGUES FOR THE LA DODGERS

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