IBAF - International Baseball Federation

ibaf-logo1 ibaf-logo2 Various forms of bat-and-ball games are known from medieval Europe and ancient Egypt. However it is difficult to say what the origins of Baseball are exactly. Often the birth of modern Baseball sport is referred to this event: A game between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine organized in 1846 and played under the rules of the surveyor Alexander Cartwright, which are still largely valid.
In August 1938, the first baseball World Cup was organized in London. The only two participants Great Britain and the United States played a total of 5 games. Once the International Baseball Federation (at that time abbreviated as IBF) was founded. In 1944, at the congress in Caracas, the name was changed in Federacion Internacional de Béisbol Amateur (FIBA).
As in 1969, the United States after 26 years of absence, 1970 first-ever European and 1972 Asian teams took part at the World Cup, the FIBA really seemed to have become a world federation. But in 1973 there came a setback. Disagreements and especially political influences led to the split. During the Intercontinental Cup in Bologna, a second organization, the Federación Mundial de Béisbol Amateur (FEMBA) was founded under presidency of William P. Fehring (USA). But soon the differences could be resolved. On Jan 04, 1976, the organizations joined to became the Asociación de Béisbol International Amateur (AINBA). In 1984 the Congress decided to translate the official name into English: International Baseball Association (IBA).
At the extraordinary congress on Sep 21, 1996, a large majority of delegates decided to allow professionals to take part in competitions of the IBA in the future. In 1999 contracts were signed with Major League Baseball and the players' union, which paved the way for the participation of the MLB players in the Olympics in 2000.
At the congress in Sydney in 1999, the federation returned to its roots and called back to International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
2013 the IBAF had 124 member federations.

To improve their chance of returning into the Olympic program, IBAF and ISF (International Softball Federation) began talks about a unification process in 2011. This process ended 2014 with the inaugural congress of the new association World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

Presidents

IBF
18.08.1938 - 06.10.1940 -----
06.10.1940 - 17.11.1944 Jaime Mariné CUB
FIBA
17.11.1944 - 18.12.1945 Jorge Reyes MEX
18.12.1945 - 20.12.1947 Pablo Morales VEN
20.12.1947 - 14.12.1950 Chale Pereira Ocampo NCA
14.12.1950 - 26.09.1952 Pablo Morales VEN
26.09.1952 - 26.09.1969 Carlos M. Zecca CRC
26.09.1969 - 04.01.1976 Juan Isa AHO
FEMBA
08.09.1973 - 31.08.1975 William P. Fehring USA
31.08.1975 - 04.01.1976 Carlos J. García NCA
AINBA
04.01.1976 - 05.09.1980 Manuel González Guerra CUB
05.09.1980 - 28.10.1984 Robert E. Smith USA
IBA
28.10.1984 - 21.06.1993 Robert E. Smith USA
21.06.1993 - 02.11.1999 Aldo Notari ITA
IBAF
02.11.1999 - 25.07.2006 Aldo Notari ITA
25.07.2006 - 02.03.2007 Tom C.H. Peng TPE, acting
02.03.2007 - 06.12.2009 Harvey Wallace Schiller USA
06.12.2009 - Riccardo Fraccari ITA

Secretaries General

18.08.1938 - 06.10.1940 Leslie Mann USA
06.10.1940 - 17.11.1944 Laureano Prado Clark CUB
17.11.1944 - 20.12.1947 Gustavo de la Torre MEX
20.12.1947 - 12.12.1948 Ernesto Ruiz Morales NCA
12.12.1948 - 26.09.1952 Eugenio Ramirez Osantes MEX
26.09.1952 - ??.09.1959 Victor Hugo Lucha ESA
??.09.1959 - 04.01.1976 Manuel González Guerra CUB
04.01.1976 - ??.??.19?? Miguel Oropeza MEX
??.??.19?? - 16.08.1981 ???
16.08.1981 - 21.06.1993 Casper Pielak CAN
21.06.1993 - 30.07.1997 Richard W. Case USA
30.07.1997 - 05.05.2001 John C. Ostermeyer AUS
05.05.2001 - 18.08.2007 Eduardo de Bello PAN
18.08.2007 - 06.12.2009 John C. Ostermeyer AUS
06.12.2009 - Israel Roldan PUR

Player of the Year


Men

Women

2004 Chris OXSPRING AUS Laura BRENNEMAN USA
2005 Eduardo PARET CUB not awarded
2006 - 2008 not awarded not awarded
2009 Justin SMOAK USA not awarded
2010 Hector A. OLIVERA CUB Ayako ROKKAKU JPN
2011 Curt SMITH NED not awarded
2012 Jimmy VAN OSTRAND CAN Yukari ISOZAKI JPN

no longer awarded

Last modified: 04.07.16