Team is First from Africa to Reach World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 31, 2003) – A Big League Baseball Division team from Cape Town, South Africa, is the first from Africa to advance to one of Little League Baseball’s World Series tournaments. The team begins its quest for a world championship on Saturday, along with nine other teams, in Easley, S.C., at the Big League Baseball World Series.
“We’re pleased to see that a team from Africa has reached the pinnacle of youth sports competition,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “Little League is a proven program for more than 100 countries around the world. It is particularly gratifying to see Little League make these inroads into Africa as well as the Southern Hemisphere.”
Little League Baseball has been chartered in South Africa since 1998, but the sport has been played widely in the country for many years. The Cape Town team advanced to the Big League Baseball World Series (for players 16-18 years old) by defeating a team from Ukraine, 10-0, in the European Region Tournament championship on Saturday in Vilseck, Germany.
The Big League Baseball World Series will be played at the J.B. “Red” Owens Complex in Easley starting Saturday and ending Aug. 9. Other teams determined for the tournament are from Guam, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Mexico, Canada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.