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AUGUST 12 (1936) - Berlin*
By Bill Grimes
Aug 12, 2007 - 5:00 PM

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Attendance record set in Germany?

 

BERLIN, GERMANY • AUGUST 12, 1936 – The largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game, up to that point , saw a “demonstration” game at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin on this date. A crowd in excess of 90,000 spectators saw a team of world amateurs beat the U.S. amateurs 6-5 at the Berlin Olympics.

 
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Berlin 1936

 

The Berlin record stood until 93,103 fans showed up for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and Yankees in honor of former Dodger catcher Roy Campanella at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1959. The Dodgers made the Coliseum home for a few seasons after moving to LA and waiting for the Dodger Stadium to be built.

 

Speaking of international baseball, did you know more than 100 countries belong to the International Baseball Federation [See http://www.baseball.ch/2003/f/mc/mc.html]? For example, Argentina has 355 teams/3,500 players. Australia has 5,000 teams/57,000 players. Canada has 6,621 teams/119,178 players. Czech Republic has 60 teams/2,668 players, just to name a few.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_at_the_1936_Summer_Olympics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_attendance_records

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Memorial_Coliseum#Attendance_records

 

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