1989 European Championship

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The 1989 European Championship was played from September 1 through September 10, 1989, in three cities in France, with the finals in Paris. France became the 6th city to host the European Championship.

Flag of Italy Italy took the title, going 4-1 in the first rounds and 2-1 in the finals against the Netherlands. Claudio Cecconi was named the best hitter in the event. Elio Gambuti led Italy with 3 homers and 12 RBI.

Flag of Netherlands Netherlands went 5-0 in the opening rounds but lost 2-1 to Italy in the finals to take Silver. They did have the MVP, Robert Niggebrugge and the Best Pitcher, Peter Callenbach.

Flag of Spain Spain took Bronze, going 3-2 in the first rounds and 2-1 in the Bronze Medal round over Sweden.

Flag of Sweden Sweden finished 4th.

Flag of France France won four games to finish 5th; the French won as many contests in this event as they had won in the prior 35 years of European Championship play, benefiting at least in part from home field advantage.

Flag of Belgium Belgium took sixth at 4-4 despite beating France 20-6 one game. France took the other two matches from Belgium.

Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom avoided last at 3-5 despite a 35-0 trouncing by the Netherlands, the worst loss of the event.

Flag of Germany Germany placed last at 1-7.

Source: Baseball in Europe by Josh Chetwynd

Also see 1989 European Championship (Rosters)