CONFEDERATION OF EUROPEAN BASEBALL
In April 1953 in Paris (France), 5 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) gave birth to the European Baseball Federation, originally named in French Féderation Européenne de Baseball (FEB). The first Executive Committee was formed by President Steno Borghese (Italy), Secretary General Roger Panaye (Belgium) and Vice President and head of the Technical Commission Luis Barrio (Spain).
In 1954 was played the first European Championship in Belgium and Italy claimed the victory.
The sixth member country, The Netherlands, was accepted at the 1956 Congress in Milan (Italy).
In 1957 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) was accepted Sweden as the seventh member and FEB became a 8 countries Federation in London (England) in 1960 when Great Britain was accepted.
In 1963 FEB launched their first club competition. The first European Champion for club was Picadero Barcelona.
In 1967 the Federations of Italy and The Netherlands announced their withdrawal from FEB and founded a new Federation: Fédération Amateur Baseball. On April 1969 the 2 Federations re-entered FEB..
In 1971 another Italian, Bruno Beneck, succeeded Steno Borghese during the Congress held in Milan. The Republic of San Marino was accepted as the ninth member.
In 1972 the organization changed its name to European Amateur Baseball Confederation or CEBA, according to the French Confederation Europeenne de Baseball Amateur.
In 1974 was played the first European Championship for players of age 18 and Under. The first title went to The Netherlands. The Dutch claimed also the first 16 and Under title in 1975. In 1979, during the Congress in Trieste (Italy) was accepted Denmark as the 10th member.
The member countries were already 15 when in 1985, during the Congress in Zandvoort (The Netherlands) Guus Van der Heiden (The Netherlands) succeeded Bruno Beneck as the President.
When Van der Heiden died, Italian Federation President Aldo Notari was elected as the 4th president of the organization during the 1987 Congress in Barcelona (Spain).
During the 1990's the number of member countries increased dramatically and they were 33 in 1994, when the Executive decided to drop the word "Amateur" from the name of the Confederation, known since then as CEB Confederation Europeenne du Baseball in French and Confederation of European Baseball in English. CEB also created (1990) the Cup Winners Cup and the CEB Cup (1993) and made the experiment of the Super Cup.
Martin Miller of Germany, who had been in the Executive since 1995, succeeded Aldo Notari (who was nominated Honorary President) in 2005, during the Congress in Prague (Czech Republic). Mr Miller was confirmed as President during the 2009 Congress in San Marino. During Miller's presidency the number of European Cups for Clubs was reduced to 2. Starting the 2009 season only a European Cup for Clubs is played.
Miller quit as President during the 2012 Congress in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Petr Ditrich of the Czech Republic was the interim President until the 2013 Congress, that elected in Bled (Slovenia) Jan Esselman (The Netherlands) as the new President.
CEB has currently 40 member countries.