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).
|18.08.1938 - 06.10.1940||-----|
|06.10.1940 - 17.11.1944||Jaime Mariné CUB|
|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|
|08.09.1973 - 31.08.1975||William P. Fehring USA|
|31.08.1975 - 04.01.1976||Carlos J. García NCA|
|04.01.1976 - 05.09.1980||Manuel González Guerra CUB|
|05.09.1980 - 28.10.1984||Robert E. Smith USA|
|28.10.1984 - 21.06.1993||Robert E. Smith USA|
|21.06.1993 - 02.11.1999||Aldo Notari ITA|
|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|
|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|
|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