International Baseball Tournaments, a Compendium

As I began writing previews for teams in the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifying rounds, I became very aware of the lack of organised information regarding international baseball tournaments.  I am primarily concerned (at least for now) only with competitions in which national teams play.  For some events, only the medals were available, others have game results, and for a few, there are box scores.

I thought it might be helpful to create a list of international competitions, whether sanctioned by IBAF or the Olympics, so that updating results in the future would be simpler.  I have combed IBAF, the continental federations, and done some searches, and I believe I have listed all of the major tournaments and a fair number of minor games.

If you have any knowledge of any new tournaments that are upcoming or of any that have been contested regularly, please let me know.  The project would become overwhelming if I attempted to include all international tournaments that have ever been played, so I am limiting the list to any international tournament at which a national team played since 1990.* These include regional games, such as the Bolivarian Games listed below, and do not have to be a competition at which only baseball was played. (*The project has now been extended to all tournaments ever.)

I have listed qualifying tournaments separately unless the qualifying occurs during the main tournament as a round robin.  I may have the same competition listed under two different names, so please correct me if that is the case.

I would also like to know what the names of the tournaments are in the languages of the teams that play them, especially for the Asian events.  I know how to search for games in Spanish and, to a lesser extent, French and Portuguese.

Finally, if anyone is aware of a site that has box scores for any tournament, please let me know.  No event is too small!

I have listed the tournaments alphabetically by continent.  Beside the competition are the years it has been contested, either continually or sporadically.

Africa (ABSA)
Africa Cup Baseball Championship (1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2007 -2007 was the Olympic Qualifying Tournament)
African [Olympic] Qualifying Tournament (1991-1995?, 2003, 2007)
All-Africa Games (1999, 2003-may be same as Olympic Qualifiers)
All-Africa Games Zone Qualifiers (2003, at least three zones)

Americas (COPABE)
Americas [Olympic] Qualifying Tournament (2003, 2006-may be the same as 2005 CONCEBE (North and Central Region) Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament)
Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) Games (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Bolivarian Games (Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos) (1938, 1947, 1951, 1961, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1981, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2009, 2013, 2017)^
Central American Games (Juegos Deportivos Centro Americanos) (1973, 1977, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2017)
Central American and Caribbean Games (Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe) (1926, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
International Friendship Series (Cuba vs. USA)
Pan-America Baseball Championship (1985, 1993, Americas Baseball Challenge: 1995, 1998, 2000; Americas Series: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006; Americas Cup: 2008, 2010)
Pan-American Games (Panamericano de Béisbol) (1951-2019, every four years)
South American Championship (1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 x2)
South American Games (Juegos Deportivos Suramericanos) (Only years with baseball: 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2010)

Asia (BFA)
Asia Baseball Cup (Asian Baseball Championship Qualifier; 1995-2001 every two years, 2002-2006 every two years, 2009, 2010; Split into East and West Asia Baseball Cups)
Asian Baseball Championships (1991-2009 every two years, 2012; 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)
Asian Games (1990-2018, every four years; Asian Qualifier for Baseball World Cup (2010))
Cambodian Baseball International Invitational (2016)
East Asia Cup (Asian Baseball Championship Qualifier, 2012, 2015)^
East Asian Games (2013)
Far East Games (1913-1934)
Good Will Games (2013, 2015, 2017 Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka only NTs)
SAARC Baseball Championship (2011, 2013 not contested)
Southeast Asian Games (2005, 2007, 2011)
West Asia Baseball Cup (Asian Baseball Championship Qualifier; 2012, 2013, 2015)

Europe (CEB)
Danube Cup
European Championship (1991-2007 every four years, 2010-2014 every two years; 1999, 2007)
European Championship Qualification (?, 2006, 2007, 2011)
European Olympic Qualification Tournament (2003)
Finkstoneball (1997-2016, yearly; 2005: Turkey only, 2011-2012 Switzerland only; 2013: Austria, Poland?, and Switzerland; 2014-2015 Austria only; 2016 Austria and Switzerland)
Italian Baseball Week
Nordic Baseball Challenge (2015, 2016; Sweden only national team)
Nordic Baseball Open (2015)
Northern European Cup (1982)
Swiss Alpine Challenge
Yoshida Challenge (2014, 2016)


Oceania (BCO)
Micronesian Baseball Classic (2016)
Micronesian Games (1990- 2010 every four years, assuming 1998 Games had baseball, 2016 (Probably a typo)?, 2018)
Micronesian Olympics (1969 at least)
Oceania Championship (1999, 2000, 2003, 2007-Australia wins by default)
Oceania Qualifier for Baseball World Cup (2010)-can find no record
Olympic Qualifier (2003-might be the same as the Oceania Championship)
Pacific Games/South Pacific Games (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011 had baseball)
Pacific Mini Games (only 2005 had baseball)

Global
Baseball World Cup (1990-1998 every four years, 2001-2011 every two years)
Baseball World Cup Exhibitions
Canada Labour Cup/Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament (?) (1975-1991 yearly, 1993-1995 yearly, 1997-2001 every two years, 2003-2006 yearly, 2008-2012 yearly)*
Europe and Africa Baseball World Cup Qualifying (1994)
Good Luck Beijing Tournament (2007 only)
Goodwill Games (1990 only)
Final [Olympic] Qualifying Tournament (2003 only)
Four Countries Invitational Tournament (1995, 2001)
Haarlem Baseball Week (1990-2012 every four years)*
Intercontinental Cup (Copa International) 1991-1999 every two years. 2002-2010 every four)
Italian Baseball Week (2005-2009 every two years, 2010-2016 every two years)*
Olympics (Demonstration: 1904^, 1912, 1936, 1952, 1964, 1968^, 1984, 1988; 1992-2008, 2020, every four years)
Premier 12 (2015)
President’s Cup (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993)*
Prague Baseball Week (1986?-present, yearly?)*
World Baseball Challenge (2002, 2009-2011, every two years)*
World Baseball Classic (2006, 2009-2017 every four years)
World Baseball Classic Qualifying Rounds (2012-2016 every four years)
World Port Tournament (1991-2013 every four years)*

Exhibitions
France-Canada (1999)
Germany-Sweden International (2014)
Japan-Netherlands Exhibitions (2015, 2016)

Mexico-Netherlands Exhibitions (2016)
Premier 12 Exhibitions: (2015: South Korea, Japan, and Chinese Taipei)
World Baseball Classic Exhibitions

Green font denotes the top regional competition
Purple font denotes the Olympics and Olympic Qualifiers
Blue font denotes Baseball World Cup and Qualifiers
Red font denotes that this tournament may be unaffiliated with IBAF

* unsure if these should count as teams are often made of ‘All-Stars’ and travelling teams
^ records lost

Missing qualification tournaments for 1990-2007 Baseball World Cup.

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About Gabriel Fidler

Card Sharp is devoted to my chief indoor hobby-baseball (and occasionally football [that's soccer to you Americans], hockey, American football, and basketball) card collecting.
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