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APRIL 14 (1993) - Aussies*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 14, 2007 - 10:16 PM

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A battery from down under
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, APRIL 14, 1993 – Milwaukee Brewer catcher Dave Nilsson caught pitcher Graeme Lloyd on this day in baseball to become the first all-Australian battery in major league history. Nilsson caught the whole game. Lloyd pitched the 9th in the 12 to 2 loss to the California Angels.

 
Australian baseball has a rich history. According to www.espn.com, it was introduced by American gold miners in the 1850s. Author Joe Clark writes in A History of Australian Baseball, that it slowly gained acceptance in the 20th Century as a substitute for Cricket in the off-season. An Australian Baseball League was established in the 1990s. By far the biggest highlight of Australian baseball was its National team defeating powerhouse Cuba to win the Intercontinental Cup in 1999.


The Australian Baseball Federation says there have been 23 Australian born major league baseball players. There have been almost one hundred Aussies under contract to major league teams. The country down under still has a ways to go though, in matching Latin parts of the world. Here are the countries/states, other than the United States, that have produced the most major leaguers:  


Dominican Republic (412)
Puerto Rico (215)
Canada (207)
Venezuela (181)
Cuba (149)
Mexico (98)

Contributing Sources:

A History of Australian Baseball by Clark

www.baseball.com.au/

www.baseball-almanac.com



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