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The New Zealand softball team getting riled up before a match. The New Zealand softball team getting riled up before a match. (Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

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New Zealand: Softball

Men's softball in America may get overlooked because of baseball's star power, but in other parts of the world it's big business.

Take, for example, New Zealand, where the national team has been leading the globe for the past generation. Since it began competing in the Men's Softball World Championship in 1976, New Zealand has won six of the 11 tournaments that have taken place.

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