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For the first time in MLB history, a player born in Africa suited up for a major league team. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Gift Ngoepe was called up from the team’s Class AAA team in Indianapolis on Wednesday. His arrival comes 70 years after Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in the majors.
Coming into Wednesday’s game, Pittsburgh was tied for the most errors (19) in the league, and the Pietersburg, South Africa, native is viewed as the team’s best defensive prospect.
Ngoepe, 27, played high school baseball in Johannesburg’s suburbs and signed with Pittsburgh nine years ago. He was batting .241 in Triple-A, and in his first at-bat against Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester he singled down the middle of the field. The Pirates’ 6-5 victory was the lone win in the team’s three-game series against its National League Central rival.
“It’s a dream come true for me because it’s been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy, but it also means so much to the people of South Africa and baseball in Africa,” Ngoepe told The New York Times before the Pirates’ game against the Chicago Cubs. “I’ve gotten plenty from people back home who are so excited.” He noted that baseball in Africa was “still very much in the development stages” and said he hoped that an African reaching the major leagues would spur more interest.
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