South Africa

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South Africa is a country located in southern Africa. While the dominant baseball power in Africa, South Africa has not been competitive in other international venues. They played in the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic, but after going winless in the two tournaments, they failed to advance to the main draw when qualifiers were introduced prior to the 2013 World Baseball Classic. They have occasionally beaten European teams, however. The first South African to reach the major leagues was Gift Ngoepe, in 2017, followed two years later by Tayler Scott.

For a number of years starting in the 1970s, South Africa was an international pariah on the international sports scene, due to its policy of Apartheid - legalized segregation that relegated blacks and other persons of color to second-class status. This changed following the coming to power of former political prisoner Nelson Mandela in 1994, who abolished all racially-discriminatory laws.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Geoffrey York: "Diamond mining in Africa: Along with a promising lode of talent on a new frontier, MLB-sponsored camps are unearthing lots of unexpected passion for the game", The Globe and Mail, December 21, 2016. [1]