1973 European Championship
The 1973 European Championship was held from June 30 through July 8, 1973 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It was notable as the last of 10 European Championships entered and won by the Dutch national team - 1975 would mark the first time they played in the Championships and failed to win it all. Bowie Kuhn was among the attendees.
Netherlands went 8-0, not showing any sign that they were about to fall from the top spot. Hamilton Richardson was named both best hitter and MVP (the second time he claimed MVP honors in a Championship). In the semifinals, the Netherlands actually trailed Italy 6-4 in the third, but Win Remmerswaal came in and pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. Remmerswaal would be named the tourney's best pitcher and would become the first MLB player to begin his training in Europe.
Italy went 6-2, losing only to the Netherlands, to take Silver.
Spain was 4-4 to win Bronze.
Belgium placed 4th at 1-7. They were 1-4 in the preliminary round but 0-3 against the other teams in the top 4 bracket.
Sweden was 1-4 in the preliminaries but 2-0 in the 5th/6th place games.
France was 1-4 in the preliminaries but 0-2 in the 5th/6th place games.
Also see 1973 European Championship (Rosters)