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First Israeli Baseball Game Now History

The Modi’in Miracle defeated the Petah Tikva Pioneers 9 to 1 in the first-ever professional baseball game played in Israel. In fact, everything from strike-out to base-on-balls to base hit to home run, everything that happened became instant Israeli trivia. Televised by a cable sports channel, Israelis were able to have their first look at America‘s pastime, and as Israelis are wont to do, offer opinions. And based on those views, there is a lot of ground to make up in a 45-game season that will conclude with a championship contest on August 19. Players, coaches and broadcasters alike have a lot of work to do to convince fans that they can play up to U.S. minor league standards. But American expatriates seem to be reveling in the arrival of the summer sport and the challenge of igniting interest among the local community.