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South African Youth Tournament


The Citizen, a Johannesburg newspaper, has a brief article up about the South African Baseball Union’s interregional youth baseball tournament, which I will be leaving today to take an 18-hour bus ride to Cape Town, where I will be visiting developing baseball clubs in the city’s townships.

The article, which states that this is the first time SABU has ever been able to bring all the youth of the nation together in one place, is a little bit misleading. South African Baseball, about which I will have much more to write in the future, is split into the club system and the school system. Every December, SABU hosts a national schools tournament, which is where major league scouts first spotted last year’s only South African signee, Anthony Phillips (INF, Mariners). This tournament is held specifically for clubs, though as every single SABU official I interviewed over the last 2 days gleefully pointed out, 58% of the tournament’s 840 players came out of the nation’s school program. The excitement is with good reason, as the schools program is helping the nation develop the game of baseball faster than perhaps anywhere else in the world (with the possible exception of China).


April 4, 2007 - Posted by | South African Baseball


  1. This is truely funny how you could get all these moneys to travel to Africa when there are existing African baseball organizations literally pleading for financial support to foster their programs.Its truely sad you’re granted all these resources at the expense of Africans who can do the work effectively and better but it is obvious all these media circus and propaganda does not have African interest in mind.

    Comment by AFRICAN BASEBALL | December 13, 2007

  2. I played in zimbabwe for clubs and national teams .certificate of coaching .i live in johannesburg hillbrow . Want to stay away from drugs and crime. My cell is 0723724639

    Comment by Nqobizitha david mpofu | July 28, 2009

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