Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, July 27, 2012

Uni Watch: Levin: U.S. Baseball at the Olympics

Morris Engelb—- um, Levin looks at and links to how Mark McGwire, Tommy Lasorda and friends filled out their unis.

In honor of the opening of the Games, and with respect to baseball’s absence from London, let us look at the uniforms worn by U.S. teams at previous Olympiads. (Anybody want to make a t-shirt for Pride Park Stadium, “I Still Call It The Baseball Ground”?)

Baseball was a demonstration tournament in 1984 and 1988, and a medal sport beginning in 1992 at Barcelona. While baseball was exhibited during the meandering five-month St. Louis Games in 1904, we trace the first Olympics baseball game to 1912 in Sweden.

A final note:

I am not going to miss baseball at this year’s London Games. The Olympics’ attraction is sport’s elite athletes. Baseball’s best are playing today, but in cities across the U.S., in Toronto, in Cuba, and Japan. Iranian-Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish will be facing Cuban Dayán Viciedo, Dominican Alejandro De Aza, and Bridgehamptonian A.J. Pierzynski tonight in North Texas. It is for the absence of top professionals that baseball is unlikely to return to the Games. And while the WBC is a nice idea, I want to see MLB’s World Series champion take on the winner of the Asia Series for a true international baseball world championship.

Greg Franklin Posted: July 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, international, olympics, uniforms

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4194066)
The Olympics’ attraction is sport’s elite athletes.
This isn't actually true, right? I mean, in many of the biggest Olympic sports, the world's elite athletes aren't involved. Soccer, boxing, and cycling immediately come to mind.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: July 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4194220)
This isn't actually true, right? I mean, in many of the biggest Olympic sports, the world's elite athletes aren't involved. Soccer, boxing, and cycling immediately come to mind.


When I think of pure athletes, my mind goes immediately to the track and field and gymnasts. For some reason, I know that soccer players are great athletes but for some reason my mind doesn't go there. Of course I think internally my mind doesn't really think of sports athletes as "athletes" as much as players.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
phredbird
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 16 Jan. 2017: The ‘honor’ Trumps politics in scheduling Cubs’ White House visit
(980 - 5:09am, Jan 19)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogOn the Polo Grounds: When Fans Were Fans
(19 - 5:04am, Jan 19)
Last: Ardo

Newsblog2017 Baseball Hall of Fame election results | MLB.com
(93 - 4:59am, Jan 19)
Last: Ardo

NewsblogMatheny: Spring training 'priorities' may look different this year | stltoday.com
(9 - 3:20am, Jan 19)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogRelocation Less Common in MLB Than NFL, Other Leagues
(42 - 2:19am, Jan 19)
Last: Renegade (((JE)))

NewsblogJosh Hamilton Prepared to Earn Spot on Rangers' Roster
(7 - 1:33am, Jan 19)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(1144 - 1:29am, Jan 19)
Last: Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted

NewsblogBraves zero in on Sarasota County for spring training
(10 - 11:18pm, Jan 18)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(928 - 11:11pm, Jan 18)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogJose Bautista close to signing with Blue Jays | MLB.com
(13 - 11:00pm, Jan 18)
Last: Tin Angel

NewsblogPirates' Bell credits yoga for improved flexibility, weight loss | TribLIVE
(18 - 10:45pm, Jan 18)
Last: Theo^J

NewsblogClass of 2017 awaits call from Hall of Fame | MLB.com
(89 - 6:45pm, Jan 18)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(1797 - 6:06pm, Jan 18)
Last: MHS

NewsblogNON-ROSTER INVITEE THREAD
(12 - 5:27pm, Jan 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogRatto- "Hall of Fame voters' biggest issue: Do they work for the job or the sport?"
(11 - 5:06pm, Jan 18)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 0.2732 seconds
47 querie(s) executed