2019: Year in Review

2019: Year in Review
01/01/2020
2019 was an historic year for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and has superbly set up 2020, where the return of baseball and softball to the Olympic Games will be the headline act.

2019 Year in Review PDF

It's on record as the busiest year in terms of events and achievements for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), so 2019 will be looked back on fondly in terms of how international baseball, softball and Baseball5 has grown and how exciting the future of the sport looks in 2020 and beyond.

In order to encapsulate all the great athletes, amazing plays, superb tournaments and major accomplishments of 2019, here is a list of key topics and some summary videos.


2019 Series: Year in Review
A Year of Firsts - Gender equality, technology and innovation
U-19 Softball World Cup - USA first to three-peat as U-19 world champs
U-18 Baseball World Cup - Epic Lo performance helps Chinese Taipei end USA dominance
U-12 Softball Mixed World Cup - WBSC makes huge step on gender equality with first-ever mixed event
U-12 Baseball World Cup - Chen hits Chinese Taipei home in new home for U-12 baseball
Softball Olympic Qualifiers - Mexico in Olympics for first time as softball field complete
Baseball Olympic Qualifiers - Israel's historic first time in Olympic baseball tournament
Development - Africa Dev Programme & Women’s Baseball lead impressive year of growth
Premier12 - The “biggest int’l baseball event in recent history”
WBSC - Huge year sets up foundation for bright future
Baseball5 - Continues to spread like "wildfire"
Men’s Softball World Championship - Argentina clinch historic title as Europe hosts for first time
Chinese Taipei wins U-12, U-18 Baseball World Cups, Asian Championship, Fed of the Year
President Fraccari: “2019 - The biggest year in int’l baseball, softball history”


With 2020 headlined by the return of baseball and softball to the Olympic Games, the WBSC is looking forward to building on the superb foundation, which 2019 has provided, and going from strength to strength in another exceptional year ahead.