Baseball in Greece

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Baseball in Greece
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Greek Baseball League season
Sport Baseball
Founded 2000
No. of teams Greek Baseball league (8)
Country  Greece
Most recent champion(s) Panathinaikos A.O. (2014)

Baseball in Greece is regulated by the Hellenic Amateur Baseball Federation (HABF), which was founded in 1997.[1] HABF overseas is represented by one league known as the Greek Baseball league. Greece is represented in international play by the Greek National Baseball Team. 56-game regular season.

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HABF was founded in 1997 preparation for the hosting of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The goal was "creating and eventually fielding a Greek Olympic Baseball Team for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games."[2] The leagues' inaugural season was in 2000, with Marousi 2004 from Athens winning the Greek Baseball league title that year. The inaugural Greek Cup was also held in 2000 and was won by the another Athenian team, Spartakos Glyfadas. HABF currently has about 20 men's amateur teams playing in two stadiums and a number of practice fields. U.S. and Greek players compete in the league.

Peter Angelos, the Greek-American owner of the Baltimore Orioles, helped finance a Greek national team for the 2004 Olympics.[3][4]

By 2008, HABF realized there would be no more government funding for baseball. The Federation was able to continue but with fewer teams. Through the work of the HABF and personal funds from its President, they sent a team to the 2008 European Qualifier’s Championship in Portugal. They won all their games.[5]

International Competitions[edit]

  • 2002 – 1st place in the European B’ Pool Championship
  • 2003 – 2nd place in the European Senior’s Championship
  • 2004 – 7th place in the Athens Olympic Games
  • 2005 – 9th place in the European Senior’s Championship
  • 2005 – (Although the team had qualified for the World Cup, no government funding forced the team to withdraw)
  • 2007 – (Although the team had qualified for the European Senior’s Championship, Greece was forced to withdraw)
  • 2008 – 1st place in the European B’ Pool Qualification Tournament
  • 2010 – 4th place in the European Senior’s Championship
  • 2011 – 15th place in the World Cup
  • 2012 – 7th place in the European Senior’s Championship
  • 2014 – 10th place in the European Senior’s Championship

Current league structure[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greece out to put itself on baseball map - Kyodo World News Service
  2. ^ Greece Hellenic Amateur Baseball Federation
  3. ^ Manuel, John (July 30, 2004). "Host Greece Sports Unlikely American Roster". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ Bruce, Robert. "Greek-American Backs National Baseball Team". Athens News (Hellenic Communication Service, L.L.C.). Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ Greece Hellenic Amateur Baseball Federation

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