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The World Children's Baseball Fair - WCBF, a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 by World Home Run Kings Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron along with Dr. Akiko Agishi, Founders of the WCBF.

The World Children's Baseball Fair was established in the interest of fostering an environment of world understanding and cultural exchange through the celebration of baseball, which was an Olympic Medal Sport for the first time in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and will return to the Olympics at the 2020 games in Tokyo. Recognizing that the sport of baseball promotes teamwork, good health, discipline and friendship, Mr. Oh and Mr. Aaron conceived the idea of the WCBF as a means of creating goodwill and fellowship among the children of the world. Today, 92 countries/regions from 6 continents have participated in this global event!

In the inaugural year 1990, the Summer Week Event was held in Los Angeles, based at the UCLA campus. The 1991 and 1992 events were held in Tokyo/Chiba City and Mito City respectively. The 1993 fourth annual Summer Week Event was hosted by the city of San Diego, California and Miyazaki City, Japan was the host city for 1994. The site of the 1995 Event Week was Gifu City, Japan and Morioka City, Japan was th host city for 1996. The city of Nagasaki, Japan hosted the 1997 WCBF Event, followed by Shizuoka in 1998 and Yokohama in 1999. The event returned to North America in 2000 - it was awarded to Canada for the first time - and was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  In 2001 the event was held in Kanazawa City, Japan; 2002 was in Tanabe and other cities in the Wakayama Prefecture, Japan; 2003 was in Yamaguchi and other cities, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan; 2004 was held in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, hosted in 2005, and Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 2006. The 2007 event week was held in Puerto Rico at various locations, and 2008 was in Nagoya and other cities in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. WCBF did not hold a WCBF Summer Event Week in 2009. It was held in Tokyo in 2010; Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2011; Mie, Japan in 2012; Fukui, Japan in 2013; Ehime, Japan in 2014, and the 25th Anniversary event was held in Chiba, Japan in 2015.

The next WCBF Summer Week Event will be held in Toyama, Japan in 2016.

Spokespersons and supporters have included: Joe DiMaggio, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Lou Brock, Luis Aparicio, Tommy John, Harmon Killebrew, Steve Garvey, Peter O'Malley, Rod Dedeaux, Tommy Lasorda, Mrs. Bart Giamatti, Bowie Kuhn, Tim Brosnan, Brooks Robinson, Mrs. Jackie Robinson, Mrs. Roberto Clemente, and many others.  Most of the supportors have been with WCBF since the first year and have provided ongoing support.

Television Broadcast has been provided NHK in Japan. Several events were covered ESPN in North America and worldwide except Japan.

During the Annual Summer Week Event, the children, boys and girls 10 to 11 years old, take part in Baseball Clinics run by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) (formerly IBAF) and participate in intercultural activities aimed at improving international understanding. The emphasis is on learning and having fun, not competition.

To learn more about this special organization, please explore our Web Site. Feel free to contact us for more information or if you would like to become a sponsor or member of our team!