Portrait of Lugazi

A tiny, sugar-producing town may be the cradle of baseball in Uganda

Updated: August 14, 2012, 4:57 PM ET
By Jay Shapiro | ESPN The Magazine

"BE ALERT. This is foul ball territory." That warning comes standard with an order of rolled egg and flat bread called rolex at Kato Swaibu's food cart in Lugazi, Uganda. An unassuming sugar town along the well-traveled road between the capital of Kampala and the tourist magnet of the Nile River, Lugazi is about to become known for a more unlikely export -- baseball.

"It used to be worse," Swaibu adds while gesturing to a long cinder block wall topped with barbed wire. "There ...

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