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Gift Ngoepe (Getty Images)
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Cape Town - In the wee hours on the morning of Freedom Day, April 27, a South African made Major League Baseball (MLB) history.

In a moment that most South Africans would not have been aware of at the time, Mpho "Gift" Ngoepe, 27, made his MLB debut, playing second base when he ran on in the fourth innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After an eight-and-a-half-year wait since signing with the 'Bucs' back in 2008, Ngoepe finally pulled on his No 61 jersey in the big leagues as the world looked on.

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