Baseball at the Olympics
The popular world sport of baseball was a demonstration sport at the Olympics for the most part of the 20th century, and only became an official Olympic sport in 1992. This was only short lived, as it was dropped from the 2012 Games program.
Baseball (along with softball) was one of the eight sports that was listed for inclusion for the 2020 Olympic program, and made it to the final three (with squash and wrestling), but lost out to wrestling. The sport continues to lobby for inclusion. Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found baseball/softball short listed with another 7 sports. The final decision of which sport or sports will be selected is not expected until August 2016.
- The baseball demonstration at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics was a modified form of the sport, called Pesäpallo (Finnish baseball)
- In 1992, when baseball became an official sport, Cuba won the first gold medal ever awarded.
- Until the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, baseball at the Olympics was restricted to amateurs. In the Games since 2000, professional players were permitted to play.
- Baseball and Softball has been dropped from the program after the 2008 Olympics.
- The best all-time performing Baseball player at the Olympic Games is Cuban player Pedro Luis Lazo who won 4 medals (2 of them gold) between 1996–2008. See more on the Greatest Baseball Players at the Olympics.
- Baseball as a demonstration sport at the Olympics.
- Baseball as a past sport at the Olympic Games.
- Softball at the Olympics
- See more on the Greatest Baseball Players at the Olympics.
- POLL: should baseball be re-introduced into the Olympic Games program?
- POLL: Which sport should be next included in the Olympic Games?
- more information about the sport of Baseball.
- List of Olympic Sports