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Iraq

Iraq, located in Southwest Asia has been the site of a number of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. Located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Iraq is part of the "Fertile Cresent." Much of the Bible tells tales about this region as a succession of cultures waded over the land. The word "Iraq" which became an independent kingdom in 1921 and a republic in 1958 may be related to the Sumerian word "araco" which means "sun."




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Korea

The idea of Korea began, according to some accounts, in the year 2333 BC when King Tan-gun established the first Kingdom of Korea (Choson). The word "Choson" means "land of the morning calm." Tan-gun himself was the son of the mating of Heaven and a woman from a bear-totem tribe.




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Iraq @ Korea

A Personal Cosmic Baseball Game

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At the moment, both Iraq and (North) Korea are troublesome members of the global community. Powerful nations like the United States, Japan, Russia and China have had difficulty keeping these rogues from accumulating weapons of mass destruction. Calls for disarmament, regime change and other diplomatic and military options have not created a consensus among the international community. Echoing science fiction movies of the past, perhaps we need an external, extra-planetary menace to get us together. Is it going to take an invasion by the Borg to give the world community a greater desire to come together? We are, sadly, well beyond the "give peace a chance" chants of the past.

This cosmic baseball game is a contest between legendary and historical figures from the pages of the past of these two troublesome nations. Perhaps a brief preoccupation on the fields of cosmic baseball will give us all a moment to catch our breaths.




Team Lineups & Rosters


# Iraqi Player Pos Description
1 Abu al Abbas 1B First Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (c. 750)
2 Abu jafar al-Mansur 2B Second Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (754-775)
3 Mustansir Billah LF 37th Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (c. 1200)
4 al-Razi CF Iraqi physician (930)
5 al-Khawarizmi C Iraqi mathematician; possible inventor of "0" (680-750)
6 al-Muqtadir RF Last independent Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (908-932)
7 abu Hamid al-Ghazzali SS Iraq intellectual and muslim reformer (c. 1060)
8 Midhat Pasha 3B Ottoman governor of Iraq (1869)
9 Faisal ibn Hussain P Hashemite King of Iraq (1921-1933)
  King Ghazi I P Hashemite King of Iraq, Faisal's son (1933-1939)
  Abdul Karim Qassem P Iraqi political leader (1958)
# Korean Player Pos Description
1 King Tan-Gun CF Legendary first king of Korea (Choson) (c. 2333 BC)
2 Wonhyo 1B Korean Buddhist monk (617-686)
3 Chang Po-go C Korean merchant and businessman (c. 780)
4 Ch'oe Ch'I-won 3B Korean intellectual and scholar (c. 780)
5 Kyon Hwon LF Rebel leader (900)
6 King Sejong 2B King of Korea who introduced Confucian humanism (1418-1450)
7 King Injo RF King of Korea (1623-1649)
8 Ho Jyun SS Novelist who wrote Hong kil-tong chon (1569-1618)
9 Chon Pong-jun P Leader of the Tonghak (1834-1895)
  Queen Min P Queen of Korea (1851-1895)



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Scorecard

Game Played 03-02-2003 12:28:52
Inning 1: Iraq Queen Min [Starter] Abu al Abbas 1B X . . al-Mansur 6-4 FO X . . Mustansir BilK X . . al-Razi 2 X . . Inning 1: Korea King Faisal [Starter] King Tan Gun 6-3 . . . Wonhyo K . . . Chang Po-go 1B X . . Ch'oe 7 X . .
Inning 2
al-Khawarizmi reaches first on an error by Wonhyo
al-Muqtadir hits a liner to leftfield
al-Ghazzali reaches first on another error by Wonhyo
al-Khawarizmi scores on Midhat Pasha's force out to the shortstop.
Iraq leads, 1-0.
Inning 2: Iraq al-KhawarizmiE-3 X . . al-Muqtadir 7 X . . al-Ghazzali E-3 X . X Midhat Pasha 6-4 FO X . . 1 King Faisal 8 X . . Inning 2: Korea Kyon Hwon 3 . . . King Sejong 5-3 . . . King Injo 6-3 . . . Inning 3: Iraq Abu al Abbas 4-3 . . . al-Mansur 5 . . . Mustansir Bil1B X . . al-Razi 8 X . . Inning 3: Korea Ho Jyun 5-3 . . . Queen Min K . . . King Tan Gun 4-3 . . . Inning 4: Iraq al-Khawarizmi9 . . . al-Muqtadir 5-3 . . . al-Ghazzali 3 . . . Inning 4: Korea Wonhyo 6-3 . . . Chang Po-go 4-3 . . . Ch'oe BB X . . Kyon Hwon 2B . X X King Sejong 5-3 . X X Inning 5: Iraq Midhat Pasha K . . . King Faisal 1B/E-7 . X . Abu al Abbas 6 . X . al-Mansur 1B X . X Mustansir Bil4-3 . X . Inning 5: Korea King Injo 3-UN . . . Ho Jyun 5-3 . . . Queen Min 1-3 . . .
Inning 6
al-Khawarizmi walks
al-Muqtadir hits a double
al-Ghazzali hits a single; al-Khawarizmi scores
Midhat Pasha hits a triple; al-Muqtadir and al-Ghazzali score.
Iraq leads, 4-0.
Inning 6: Iraq al-Razi 6-3 . . . al-KhawarizmiBB X . . al-Muqtadir 2B . X X al-Ghazzali 1B X . X 1 Midhat Pasha 3B . . X 2 King Faisal 7 . . X Abu al Abbas 5-3 . . X Inning 6: Korea King Tan Gun 1B X . . Wonhyo 5-4 FO X . . Chang Po-go 1-6-3 DP . . . Inning 7: Iraq al-Mansur 7 . . . Mustansir Bil1-3 . . . al-Razi 2B . X . al-KhawarizmiBB X X . Chon Pong-jun[Relief] al-Muqtadir 4-3 . X X
Inning 6
Kyon Hwon walks
King Sejong walks
King Injo hits a double; Kyon Hwon scores
Iraq leads, 4-1.
Inning 7: Korea Ch'oe 5-3 . . . Kyon Hwon BB X . . King Sejong BB X X . King Injo 2B . X X 1 Ho Jyun 4 . X X Chon Pong-junK . X X Inning 8: Iraq al-Ghazzali 4-3 . . . Midhat Pasha 4-3 . . . King Faisal K . . . Inning 8: Korea King Tan Gun 7 . . . Wonhyo 2-3 . . . Chang Po-go K . . . Inning 9: Iraq Abu al Abbas 6-3 . . . al-Mansur K . . . Mustansir Bil1B X . . al-Razi 8 X . . Inning 9: Korea Qassem [Relief] Ch'oe 7 . . . Kyon Hwon 4-3 . . . King Sejong 4 . . .
Iraq Wins Game, 4-1


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Game Notes

Game Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Game Weather: Cloudy, 55o F.

Attendance: Undisclosed

Simulation: 818v1


Game MCP: al-Ghazzali

Umpires: France, Russia, China

Official Scorer: Hans Blix

In reality the Koreans, especially those from the south, have considerably more experience playing baseball than the Iraqis. But this is cosmic baseball and in this one game between these two nations, it was the Iraqi team that won, hands down, 4-1. In the Iraqi sixth, a double, single and a triple put the game out of reach of the team from Korea, who demonstrated little or no serious offense.








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Iraq @ Korea: A Personal Cosmic Baseball Game
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/iraqkorea.html
Published: March 2, 2003
Copyright © 2003 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
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