Baseball in Brazil 2

Discussion created by elewin on Apr 5, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 8, 2013 by elewin

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Continuing with Baseball in Brazil, here is some brazilian baseball history.


Despite being called "sport of Japanese," baseball was brought to Brazil, in 1850, by Americans who worked in companies like Light, Telephone Company, Armour Refrigerator and employees of the consulate of the United States of America. Reports say the baseball matches organized by Mackenzie College in 1910 attracted more public than the soccer games. Several baseball teams emerged between the years 1910 and 1920, all related to associations of employees of American companies. In the 1920s there was an amateur league run by an employee of the telephone company.

The Japanese influence in Brazilian baseball began in 1908, when the ship Kasato Maru brought the first Japanese immigrants. The first equipment for the sport were brought by Mr. Samejima this trip. The first team of the Japanese colony was created in 1918 by the Japanese Kenji Sassawara and was called Mikado. Sassawara teams first played in the U.S. to be encouraged by the consul of Japan, Sado Matsumura, assembling a team to the colony.

The impact of the arrival of Japanese immigrants was large, transforming the years 1925 to 1938 the first "golden age" of baseball nationally. With the outbreak of World War II and a ban on public gathering and use of language and customs of immigrants from countries of the Axis pro-fascism, baseball had a break until September 24, 1946 with the founding of the Federation of Baseball .

With the development of the sport, especially in São Paulo, where Japanese immigrants worked on farms were organized tournaments. These teams were the basis for the founding of a federation, led by The Sports Gazette journalist, Olimpio da Silva e Sá, its first president and led the organization for 17 years.

Several teams, supported by some traditional clubs of the city, as the Esperia emerged with the construction of the Municipal Baseball Stadium Bom Retiro (Mie Nishi). The stadium was the first baseball field built by a public administration in Latin America. Between the years 1960 and 1970 teams from countries like Japan, USA, Italy, Panama and Venezuela visited Brazil.


The lack of media coverage for considering baseball "sports a colony" and loss of sponsorship of semi-professional teams in the late 1970 and 1980 (to coincide with the economic crisis in the country) decreased the number of adults in sport practitioners who discontinued for lack of incentive to work careers as players. Another major problem that caused the decrease of baseball practice in the country were migrations "dekasseguis" (Brazilian immigrants of Japanese descendenetes) to Japan in search of better jobs.


This scenario repeats itself today with the difference that many players try their luck in the professional leagues in Japan and the U.S. in search of money and greater success. However, in the basic categories, Brazil has shown good results.


The Brazilians won two world titles: the category of child (up to eleven years) in 1990 in Japan, and junior (fifteen and sixteen) in Londrina, Paraná, in 1993. The Brazilian Matumoto Guen Douglas was considered the best defensive player in this competition and the "promise of the year." Despite the "japanese sport"nickname, by the picture below, showing the Brazilian national squad, is it possible to see the tipycal brazilian mingling.



The main baseball stadiums are in Brazil Londrina (Takeshi Sugeta Stadium) and São Paulo (Mie Nishi Stadium). The Mie Nishi Stadium has a capacity for 2,500 people. The Stade de Londrina can receive double the public. Yet there is another center of baseball relevance in the Country Ibiúna municipality, about 55 km from the city of São Paulo, the Complex Beisebolístico of Yakult, under management of the Brazilian Baseball and Softball Federation. This complex has three official baseball fields, a sports court, a semi-Olympic pool, dining and lodging.(Estádio Yakult | Flickr - Photo Sharing!