1954 European Baseball Championship

The 1954 European Baseball Championship was the first European Championship in this sport. It featured 4 of the 5 members of the new Confederation of European Baseball, as France failed to field a team. The Netherlands, which would dominate the event over the next fifty years, was not part of the organization because they did not think it would be sustainable. The Championship was held on June 26 and June 27 in Antwerp, Belgium. A messy affair, there was an average of over 10 errors per game due to the low quality of baseball in Europe at that time. Italy took gold, beating Belgium 6-1 and Spain 7-4. Spain won silver despite 8 errors in its loss to Italy. Spain beat Germany by a score of 10-4 in its other contest. Belgium earned bronze, beating Germany 12-5. Germany placed last.

1954 European Baseball Championship
Tournament details
Dates26–27 June 1954
Final positions
Champions Italy (1st title)
Runner-up Spain
Third place Belgium
Fourth place West Germany
Tournament statistics
Games played4
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Format edit

The tournament was played in a knockout system.

Matches edit

26 June
  Italy 6
27 June
  Belgium 1
  Italy 7
26 June
  Spain 4
  Spain 10
  West Germany 4
Third place
27 June
  Belgium 12
  West Germany 5

Final Standings edit

Pos. Team
1   Italy
2   Spain
3   Belgium
4   Germany

References edit