1936 Olympics

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Baseball was a demonstration sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany and featured a single game.

The single exhibition game was played on August 12, 1936 prior to the track and field competions between two American teams. The single nation arrangement had been made after the original matchup between Japan the United States was scrapped after the Japanese team withdrew. The two teams were named the "World Champions" and the "U. S. Olympics". The World Champions won, 6-5 in front of 90,000 spectators in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The exhibtion was organised by Les Mann, who had pushed strongly for inclusion of baseball as an Olympic sport. He also served as the game's umpire.


Tryouts for the team were held in early July 1936 in Baltimore, MD.

Uniform # Name Position Hometown Club
1 Grover H. Galvin CF Rockford, IA
2 Les McNeece 2B Fort Lauderdale, FL
3 Dow Wilson SS Malden, MA University of Nebraska
4 Paul Amen 1B Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska
4 Fred Heringer P Clarksburg, CA Stanford University
5 Clarence Keegan 3B Robinson, ME
6 Hubert S. "Bill" Shaw 1B Presque Isle, ME Bowdoin College
7 Tom Downey RF Chula Vista, CA
8 Gordon Mallatratt 2B San Francisco, CA Stanford University
9 Charlie Simons P Alban, PA
11 Richard Hanna RF San Francisco, CA Stanford University
12 Ron Hibbard CF Kalamazoo, MI
15 Bill Sayles P Portland, OR University of Oregon
16 Emmett Fore LF Houston, TX
17 Hyman Goldberg LF Brooklyn, NY
18 Rolf Carlsten SS Philadelphia, PA University of Pennsylvania
19 Curtis Myers RF Hartford, CT
20 Ernest Eddowes 3B Philadelphia, PA
22 Carson Thompson P Philadelphia, PA Temple University, Penn A.C.
26 Henry Wagnon C Bostwick, GA University of Georgia
27 Norman "Ike" Livermore C San Rafael, CA Stanford University
Harry Wolter Coach California Stanford University
Les Mann Manager Nebraska Former MLB player
Dinty Dennis Assistant Manager Miami Herald sports editor

Line Score[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
U. S. Olympics 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 5 11 6
World Champions 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 6 9 0



U. S. Olympics Lineup[edit]

  • Galvin, CF
  • Carlsten, SS
  • Shaw, 1B
  • Mallatratt, 2B
  • Fore, LF
  • Keegan, 3B
  • Hanna, RF
  • Wagnon, C
  • Heringer, P
  • Simons, P

World Champions Lineup[edit]

  • Wilson, SS
  • Eddowes, 3B
  • McNeese, 2B
  • Hibbard, CF
  • Amen, 1B
  • Livermore, C
  • Downey, RF
  • Myers, RF
  • Goldberg, LF
  • Sayles, P
  • Thompson, P


Game Results[edit]

Fred Heringer started for the U.S. Olympics, while Bill Sayles started for World Champions. Hubert Shaw hit a 2-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the first inning. After giving up 2 runs in 3 innings, Sayles was relieved by Carson Thompson. At the end of six innings, the World Champions led 5 - 4. After the Olympics scored in the top of the seventh to tie the game at five; Les McNeese hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. The final score was World Champions 6 - 5 U. S. Olympics.


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