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Baseball at the 1936 Summer Olympics

Baseball was again a demonstration sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics after a 24-year absence. Both of the teams that played in Berlin were from the United States.

The exhibition game was played on 12 August 1936 in front of 90,000 spectators in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The two teams were named the "World Champions" and the "U. S. Olympics". The World Champions won, 6-5.

Leslie Mann, who had pushed strongly for inclusion of baseball as an Olympic sport, was the umpire.


Game resultEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
U. S. Olympics 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 11 6
World Champions 5 1 6 9 0

Shaw hit a 2-run home run in the first inning. At the end of six innings, the World Champions led 5-4. The Olympics scored in the seventh to tie the game before McNeese hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Sayles was the starting pitcher for the World Champions, relieved by Thompson after giving up 4 runs in the first two innings.

World Champions rosterEdit

U. S. Olympics rosterEdit


  • Cava, Pete (Summer 1992). "Baseball in the Olympics" (PDF). Citius, Altius, Fortius. 1 (1): 7–15.
  • Official Report. The XIth Olympic Games Berlin, 1936 volume 2, p. 1098-1100. 1936.