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International Successes

Baseball on the international stage

Baseball has been long contested at the highest international levels, including in the Olympic Games where it was a sport of demonstration in various Games from 1904 to 1988, including the Melbourne Summer Games of 1956.

Baseball in the Olympic Games
Year Host Site
1904* St. Louis
1912* Stockholm
1936* Berlin
1952* Helsinki
1956* Melbourne
1964* Tokyo
1984* Los Angeles
1988* Seoul
*As demonstration sport only

The 1992 Barcelona Olympics saw baseball integrated as a full medal sport with teams from Spain, Italy, Cuba, United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games saw baseball expanded to a 12-nation tournament.

When Sydney hosted the 2000 Games, professional baseball players were included in the tournament for the first time, and the United States took down international powerhouse Cuba for the gold medal.

The 2004 Athens Olympic Games witnessed a brilliant display by Australia in taking the silver medal for the first time in the nation's history.

Unfortunately, Australia did not qualify for the baseball competition in the Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008, the final Games in which baseball was included.

Australia has succeeded at the top international level across a wide range of age groups and with both the nation's men's and women's national teams. Below are listed some of our country's biggest moments on the global baseball stage.

Australia's Notable International Finishes
Year Team Result
1989 Australian U19 Team 3rd place, World Championships (Canada)
1991 Australian U19 Team 4th place, World Championships (Canada)
1991 Australian Senior Team ranked in the world top 10
1992 Australian U19 Team 4th place, World Championships
1993 Australian U19 Team ranked 4th internationally
1993 Australian Senior Team 4th place, Asian Championships
1993 Australian Senior Team ranked 5th in world rankings
1994 Australian U19 Team Silver Medal winners, BFA 'AAA' Championships
1995 Australian U19 Team Bronze Medal, World Championships in (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
1996 Australian Senior Team 5th place, Atlanta Summer Olympic Games
1997 Australian Senior Team (Mercurys) Bronze Medal, Intercontinental Baseball Cup (Spain)
1997 Australian AA (U17) Team (Colts) Bronze Medal, AA World Championships (Taiwan)
1998 Australian AA (U17) Team (Colts) 4th place, AA World Championship (Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA)
1998 Australian Senior Team (Mercurys) Silver Medal, Haarlem Baseball Week Tournament (The Netherlands)
1999 Australian Provincial Team Champions, Prague Tournament
1999 Australian Senior Team Gold Medal Champions, Intercontinental Cup (Sydney)
2000 Australian Senior Team 7th place, Sydney Summer Olympic Games
2001 Australia's First National Women's Squad 3rd place, Women's World Series (Canada)
2001 Australian U/17 Team 3rd place, World Championships (Mexico)
2001 Australian U/12 Cal Ripken Team 3rd place, Cal Ripken World Series
2001 Australian U/19 Team 3rd place, Asian Championships (Taiwan)
2004 Australian Senior Team Silver Medallists, Athens Summer Olympic Games
2006 Australian Senior Team Competed in inaugural World Baseball Classic
2009 Australian Senior Team Competed again in World Baseball Classic; set the WBC record for the most hits in a single game, 17-7 win over Mexico