The executive director of the U.S. Baseball Federation has pledged to help recruit baseball competition for the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo.
Richard W. Case, who also serves on the U.S. Olympic Committee, was in the city Tuesday to give his advice on what teams to go after and the incentives necessary to get them. Case currently is advising Seattle on that city's Goodwill Games, scheduled for this summer.
World Games officials are interested in attracting the top 12 amateur baseball teams in the world to compete in the Games. They also wanted his advice on various technical concerns about playing facilities and marketing.
"I suggest when you think about enlisting teams that you go for the good, competitive countries," Case said. "The public doesn't want to be scammed. . . . I think you could probably get 12."
He said the Goodwill Games will field teams from Japan, Cuba, Mexico, the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Soviet Union.
1993 will be the first time baseball will be offered among the World Games events.
Like all World Games hosts, Buffalo was allowed to choose an optional or demonstration sport -- and baseball was Buffalo's choice.
World Games officials will use Pilot Field as one playing venue, but they also are scouting facilities in Rochester, Jamestown, Batavia and Niagara Falls, according to John Maddock, assistant athletic director at Canisius College and a member of the World Games baseball committee.
"We'd like to spread it out over as many communities as possible," Maddock said.