Cambodia's First Run

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  • Realization

    Realization

    Spirits flagged as the opposition racked up points.

  • Cambodia's First Run

    Cambodia's First Run

    The first Cambodian to ever cross home plate in a major game.

  • Proud Moment

    Proud Moment

    A coach and teammate congratulate the first Cambodian to cross home plate.

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  • Go Team!

    Go Team!

    Excitement for a good play.

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  • Two Coaches, Two Styles

    Two Coaches, Two Styles

    Cambodian Team founder Joe Cook invited Philip Beaudoin, a Canadian with extensive coaching experience, to help coach the team through the games. The two grew to have conflicting methods.

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  • Symbol  of Cambodia

    Symbol of Cambodia

    Angkor Wat, the famed temple complex of the ancient Khmer Kingdom, is the symbol on the Cambodian team's uniform.

  • Big Time

    Big Time

    In December 2007, Cambodia's first baseball team played in the Southeast Asian Games, hosted in Bangkok.

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  • Team Spirit

    Team Spirit

    The first pre-game huddle.

  • Anticipation

    Anticipation

    Players practiced on a regulation field with professional equipment for the first time.

  • The Big City Field

    The Big City Field

    The practice field in Bangkok was the first real baseball field the team had seen or practiced on.

  • They journey

    They journey

    Team members and supporters left Cambodia for the first time to participate in the SEA Games, held in Bangkok.

  • A Blessing

    A Blessing

    Cambodia is a Buddhist country. Monks blessed the team before their journey.

  • The Dream

    The Dream

    Team founder and captain Joe Cook addresses the team as they prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.

  • Cambodia's first team

    Cambodia's first team

    Players come from all over Cambodia. Baseball offers them an opportunity to escape poverty and to have fun. Some practiced without shoes and many support families.

© S. Smith Patrick 2018