Africa was the last of the six major continents to develop baseball and has only produced one major league player as of January, 2019. Gift Ngoepe made history in April 2017 when he became the first African-born player to play in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Others are now poised to follow in his footsteps.
Could Africa become the next hotbed for baseball talent? The heartbeat is weak, but it is growing and there is no questioning the athletic talent. While South Africa is the highest ranked country on the continent, there is a growing passion for the game in countries like Benin, Ghana, Botswana, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya and Togo.