Hans Grünzinger

From BR Bullpen

Hans Grünzinger was a long-time member of the German national team. He debuted in the 1956 European Championship, going 0 for 2 and handling five putouts. In the 1957 European Championship, Germany won Silver; he went 2 for 3 with 3 steals and two runs in the limited stats available for that year. He had one putout and two assists. During the 1960 European Championship, he was 0 for 12 and handled 16 chances error-free.

In the 1962 European Championship, he hit .313/.450/.438 with 7 steals and 4 runs in 4 games, but fielded .786. He tied Helmut Weis to lead Germany in steals (possibly the 1962 Euros altogether, one imagines, but those stats are not available online as of this writing) and tied Roland Hoffmann for the lead in slugging among Germany's regulars. When Germany won Bronze in the 1965 European Championship, he batted .429/.467/.500 with 3 runs and 2 steals in 4 games, fielding .875. He led Germany in hits (two ahead of Jürgen Brandt and Richard Mühlhausen), runs (tied with Hoffmann and Jürgen Helmig), steals, average (.121 ahead of Brandt), OBP (.082 ahead of Walter Schmid) and slugging (.056 ahead of Werner Gehrig).

He slumped to .267/.250/.333 with a .818 fielding in the 1967 European Championship, when Germany repeated with a Bronze. His four runs tied for third on the team, one behind Hoffmann and Claus Helmig. He was 0 for 5 with a .833 fielding in the 1969 European Championship, his swan song for Germany.

Through 2010 (the most recent statistical leaders available on the German Basebal land Softball Federation website as of May 10, 2021), he was among the German national team career leaders in European Championships played in (counting B-Level Euros, his 7 tied for 9th with Matthias Winterrath, Wolfgang Loos, Torsten Stender and Hans-Norbert Jäger) and steals (13, tied Jürgen Helmig for 3rd, behind Stephan Jäger and Hoffmann). He hit .254/.311/.313 and fielded .889, with 13 runs in 24 games.

Source: German Baseball and Softball Federation