The Globalization of America’s National Pastime. Geography of Sports Spring 2009. Introduction. Baseball has long been considered the “National Pastime” of the United States Over the last 50 years, baseball has diffused beyond the borders of the United States. Research Questions:
Geography of Sports
Hosts Cities were in The United States, Puerto Rico and Japan.
Japan defeated Cuba to win the 1st event.
Other semifinalist were Korea and Dominican Republic.
Many MLB stars played for their home country.
The 2009 version will be held in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico and will include teams from every continent.The World Baseball Classic
½ of the 16 nations that have competed since then are from Asia and Latin America.
Cuba and Japan have had the most success for their respective continents.The Olympics