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|Baseball World Cup|
|No. of teams||22 (in 2009)|
|Current champions||United States|
The Baseball World Cup is an international tournament in which national baseball teams from around the world compete. It is sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). Along with the World Baseball Classic, it is one of two active tournaments considered by the IBAF to be a major world championship. (The baseball tournament at the Summer Olympic Games was also considered a major world championship, but baseball is no longer an Olympic sport.)
There have been 38 Baseball World Cups to date and the most recent World Cup was held in 2009 in eight countries across Europe. The first tournament, held in 1938, featured only two teams but the last tournament included 22 participants, and the previous two have featured 16 and 18 teams in 2007 and 2005 respectively. The World Cup was called the Amateur World Series until the tournament in 1988. The tournament generally receives relatively little publicity and does not begin to approach the popularity of the football (soccer) World Cup, cricket World Cup, or rugby World Cup.
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. 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 exists and has 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.
|Baseball World Cup|
|Great Britain 1938 • Cuba 1939 • Cuba 1940 • Cuba 1941 • Cuba 1942 • Cuba 1943 • Venezuela 1945 • Colombia 1947 • Nicaragua 1948 • Nicaragua 1950 • Mexico 1951 • Cuba 1952 • Venezuela 1953 • Costa Rica 1961 • Colombia 1965 • Dominican Republic 1969 • Colombia 1970 • Nicaragua 1972 • Cuba 1973 • Nicaragua 1973 • United States 1974 • Colombia 1976 • Italy 1978 • Japan 1980 • South Korea 1982 • Cuba 1984 • Netherlands 1986 • Italy 1988 • Canada 1990 • Nicaragua 1994 • Italy 1998 • Chinese Taipei 2001 • Cuba 2003 • Netherlands 2005 • Chinese Taipei 2007 • Europe 2009 • Panama 2011|