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Baseball made its a demonstration sport at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden making its first appearance on the program and featured a single game.

The game was scheduled to take place on evening of July 10, during the track & field competition, but the American Olympic Committee forbade its players from taking part in the exhibition until atheltic events were finished. The game took place on July 15, 1912 at 10:00 AM the Östermalm Athletic Grounds in Stockholm. The opposing teams were an American team consiting of track and field athletes and the Vesterås Baseball Club representing Sweden.

Two Americans, Wesley Oler and Ben Adams, played for the Swedish team, replacing the inexperienced pitchers and catchers were inexperienced. Two Swedes relieved the American pitcher Adams. The game lasted six innings, with the Americans not batting in the sixth and Swedes were allowed six outs in their frame. The game was not played infront of many spectators, most of which were Americans or Swedish-Americans.

The game was umpired by George Wright, the former National Association and National League player. Eight Olympic medalists took part in the game:

[edit] Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
United States 4 1 0 0 8 x 13 10 2
Sweden 0 0 0 2 0 1* 3 7 5

Note: Sweden was allowed 6 outs in last bottom of the sixth inning.

[edit] Box Score

United States AB R H PO A E Sweden AB R H PO A E
Howard Drew, RF 1 1 0 0 0 0 Wesley Oler (USA), C 4 0 1 7 2 0
Lawrence Whitney, RF 1 1 0 0 0 0 Ben Adams (USA), P 3 0 1 2 2 1
Ira Courtney, 3B 3 2 2 1 0 0 Nelson, P 1 0 0 0 1 0
Abel Kiviat, SS 4 2 2 2 0 0 Holden, P 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Paul Jones, 2B 3 1 1 1 2 0 Sapery, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0
Fred Kelly, CF 3 1 1 0 0 1 Welin, 1B 3 0 0 2 0 1
Norman Patterson, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 Wikman, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0
Ira Davenport, C 3 2 2 7 0 0 Landahl, 2B 3 0 1 3 0 2
Frank Irons, LF 2 0 1 1 0 0 Larson, RF 3 1 1 0 0 0
George Horine, LF 1 1 0 1 0 0 Torsleff, LF 2 1 1 0 0 0
George Bonhag, 1B 2 0 0 6 0 0 Johansson, LF 1 1 1 0 0 0
Vaughn Blanchard, 1B 1 0 1 2 0 1 Axell, CF 3 0 0 1 0 0
Richard Byrd, P 0 0 0 0 1 0
Carroll Haff, P 2 0 0 0 1 0
Walter McClure, P 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 13 10 21 4 2 Totals 30 3 7 15 5 5

Doubles – Courtney, Wikman

Triples – Kiviat

Double Play – Byrd to Bonhag

Stolen Base – Kiviat, Jones (2), Davenport (2), Johansson

Struck Out – by Byrd, 3; by Haff, 3; by McClure, 1; by Adams, 3; by Nelson, 3; by Holden, 1

Base on Balls – off Adams, 1; off Nelson, 3

Wild Pitches – Adams, Nelson

Hit-by-Pitch – Drew, Kelly

Passed Balls – Oler (2), Davenport (2)

Umpire - George Wright

[edit] Second Game

A second game was held on the following day (July 16) between two American clubs, East and West. However, this game was not a part of the Olympic program. The East squad won the game 6 to 3. The East team featured a battery of Platt Adams of the New York Athletic Club and catcher C.E. Brickley from Harvard University. The West team's pitchers were Walter McClure of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Richard Byrd from Adrian College, and Edward Lindberg of the Chicago Athletic Association was the team's catcher. Platt Adams was the brother of Ben Adams, who had pitched for the Swedish team the day before, while Byrd and McClure had pitched for the American team. The game was viewed by a large crowd, according the the next day's New York Times. Jim Thorpe played in the second game, playing right field and hit a double in two plate appearances.

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