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Afghanistan Baseball

Baseball is latest craze in Afghanistan
August 19, 2002

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Teenagers in Afghanistan are getting hooked on a new sport - baseball. Two teams of boys now play the sport every Friday, and their crowd of fans is getting bigger every week.

The boys are being taught the game by a group of American soldiers, who are in Afghanistan hunting members of the Taleban and al-Qaeda groups.

Tent peg

The two teams are called the Afghan Club and Shaheen (Eagles).

Lots of Afghan kids already play football and cricket, but they were keen to play a new sport.

When they started out, the teams made do with sandbags to mark the bases and a giant tent peg was used for a bat.

'My favourite game'

But now they've really got into the game, the boys are using proper aluminium bats, gloves and balls, which have been donated by the soldiers' families and friends.

Afghan teenager, Abdul Hameed, said: "I am very happy to come here and play. This is my favourite game."

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Players Born in Afghanistan

Name Birthdate Birthplace First Game
Jeff Bronkey 9/18/1965 Kabul 5/2/1993

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