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
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
|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|