As the only media organisation that regularly covers baseball5, we have spent a lot of time creating an archive of baseball5 events, information, and even the sport’s only record book. The recently completed Baseball5 European Championship is one of six baseball5 tournaments that have included mixed national teams, but the results of several have been scattered across a variety of websites. This week, we will profile the sport’s five previous tournaments to ensure these records from the early days of baseball5’s history are not lost.
The Foro Italico in Rome shared a moment in world sporting history on Sept. 16, 2018 when it hosted a baseball5 tournament, one of two sites in Europe with a historic first event in the sport that day. Rome’s event was the first baseball5 tournament in world history to feature national teams from two continents, North America and Europe. Cuba won easily, with France well ahead of Italy, which did not score a run in the tourney. Full results are below.
The event featured a game that set three records, all of which lasted for roughly six months: Most Runs in a Game (One Team), Highest Scoring Game, and Largest Margin of Victory. Cuba blasted France 23-1 to set all three records and it would be Cuba that broke all of them at the 2019 Americas Open. The second- and third-best efforts in each category would also be set by Cuba at the Foro Italico.
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The full list of international tournaments:
2018 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2018 Havana Baseball5 Tournament [Link]
2019 Americas Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Balkan Baseball5 Open [Link]
2020 Baseball5 Euros [Link]
Baseball5 All-Time Head-to-Head Results [Link]
Foro Italico Baseball5 Tournament
16 September 2018
All innings are assumed.
Double round robin.
Cuba 12-4 France
Italy 0-16 France (3 innings)
Italy 0-13 Cuba (4 innings)
Cuba 11-1 France (4 innings)
Italy 0-7 France
Italy 0-18 Cuba (3 innings)
Championship: Cuba 23 – France 1 (3 innings)
Team W-L RF RA
Cuba 5-0 77 6
France 2-3 29 46
Italy 0-4 0 54