Are you passionate about baseball? Do you want to experience Europe in a unique way? If so, you have come to the right place. Old World Baseball, LLC (OWB) is dedicated to providing custom-tailored, high-quality, baseball-playing/cultural opportunities in Europe for groups and individuals (of all ages).
Each of the founders of OWB, Tom Gillespie and Stephan Rapaglia, has had tremendous coaching and playing experience in the European baseball world. Between them, Tom and Stephan have coached and/or played in the shadows of Windsor Castle and Edinburgh Castle, in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, and in other historic European locations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brno, Cologne, Hamburg, Stockholm, Prague, Madrid, Munich, Regensburg, Rouen, Toulouse, Tuebingen, Grosseto and Zagreb. OWB was founded by Tom and Stephan so that adventurous and enthusiastic North American ballplayers can share these types of experiences.
*Old World Baseball is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball® or the World Baseball Classic®.
Covid Forces Cancellation of OWB's 2021 HS Europe Trip
As a result of the slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Europe and the continuing uncertainty surrounding European travel, we have been forced to cancel our annual high school trip to Europe for the 2nd consecutive year. While this is very disappointing, we are looking forward to the 2022 trip, which will be our 10th HS trip.
OWB Completes 9th Annual Europe Trip
OWB's 9th annual HS trip to Europe, which ran from June 27 - July 8, included 20 players, 6 coaches, 4 countries (Austria, Slovakia, Czechia and Germany), 7 cities and towns (Vienna, Bratislava, Trebic, Prague, Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin), 10 games and 3 national team opponents (the Slovakian Men's National Team and the 18U National Teams from Czechia and Germany). For the first time in OWB's 9-year history, OWB finished the trip undefeated, with an impressive 8-0-2 record against high-quality competition.
OWB's Tom Gillespie Leads German 18U National Team in 2018 European Championships
Tom Gillespie recently completed his second 18U European Championships as Head Coach of the German Junior National Team. Tom previously led the German team to the Bronze Medal in the 2016 European Championships. Tom is also in charge of the German 23U National Team.
OWB's Tom Gillespie Cited in Gift Ngoepe MLB Promotion Article
OWB previously noted that Tom Gillespie played a key role in reuniting South Africa's Ngoepe brothers (Gift and Victor) in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization, with OWB's Tom Gillespie being the international scout responsible for signing Victor. Older brother Gift has now become the first African-born player to make the big leagues, and Tom is cited in the first MLB.com story about Gift's promotion.