1955 European Championship
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The 1955 European Championship was the second European Championship. With the powerhouse Netherlands still sitting out the event, the field was open for the host Spanish club. The Championship was held from July 5 through July 10 in Barcelona.
Spain went 3-0-1 and got three shutouts (one in a 0-0 tie); their other win was 21-3 over France. Pitcher Bernardo Jose Luis Menendez was the top Spanish performer; Italy claimed he was a Venezuelan and not eligible to play but no falsification could be found. It would be the first of many nationality questions in European Championship history. Through 2007, it remains Spain's only European Championship title.
Belgium won Silver at 3-1.
Germany won Bronze with a 2-2 record.
Italy had one of its worst performances ever, finishing out of the medal round for the only time in the 20th Century. They went 1-2-1.
France was last at 0-4.