The Intercontinental Cup
was born in 1973
The early 1970ies
were years in which the necomer Europeans
were fighting the way the International Federation had been organized until that time. They had found the support of North America
and Asia Countries
Italian Federation President Bruno Beneck
was feeling that Latin American countries were not in favor of Europe as a member of the international baseball community and the Secretary General of the European Confederation Roger Panaye
had been even more stright forward speaking of FIBA "It was never more then a Caribbean Affair with Cuba as chief spokesman”.Beneck
and his Vice President Aldo Notari
found the approval of his Board of Directors and organized in Italy the first Intercontinental Cup. During the tournament (on September 8 1973) the alternative international body FEMBA
(Federacion Internacional Beisbol Amateur) was born.
Another edition (Canada 1975
) was organized by FEMBA. When the 2 bodies merged in AINBA, the Intercontinental Cup
remained as a major event for the international federation.
Later the tournament became a test event for the IBAF World Cup
and in recent years has lost most of its importance.
edition played in Chinese Taipei
may well be the last one of the tournament.