Autographed First Pitch Baseball
In the mid-1940s, an American named J. Robert Fluker was living in Afghanistan and teaching at Habibia College in Kabul. Fluker, whose teaching position was funded by the U.S. Department of State, decided to introduce the game of baseball to his students. In 1946, during the opening game, the Prime Minister of Afghanistan Shah Mahmud Khan threw this baseball as the ceremonial first pitch. He autographed it afterwards. Today, cultural and sports diplomacy play an important role in international relations. Through shared cultural activities, diplomats bring people together and often break down preconceived ideas about differences.
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