Aug 12, 1936: Olympic baseball attracts crowd
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 7:00am
Baseball in Berlin
BERLIN, GERMANY - 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 in baseball history. A crowd in excess of 90,000 spectators saw two teams of amateurs, both from the U.S., play a 7-inning contest of America's pastime. The final score was 6-5.
German fans had to be helped along with the nuances of the game. According to Baseball in the Olympics by Pete Cava, not until the announcer told the crowd that a batter making it all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run was a good thing for the batter did they cheer.
The Berlin attendance record stood until 93,103 fans showed up for an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees in honor of former Dodger catcher Roy Campanella at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1959. The Dodgers, new to Los Angeles, made the Coliseum home for a few seasons waiting for Dodger Stadium to be built.
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