1975 European Championship
The 1975 European Championship was historic in that for the first time ever, the Dutch national team entered a European Championship and failed to come away with Gold after 10 titles in a row, dating to the 1950s. The Championship was held from July 25 through August 3, 1975 in Barcelona, Spain.
Italy outscored its opponents 22-0 in the preliminary round. They split their first two games in the finals with the Netherlands. In game 3, Federico Martone fanned 14 and allowed 3 hits in a 5-1 win. The Dutch won game four, but Michele Romano tossed a complete game 9-4 victory in game five and added two hits as well. Italy had a 1.35 ERA for the event. They were managed by Bill Arce, who became the first person to lead two different countries to Gold in a Euro.
Netherlands went 4-3; they had only lost one game in 49 contests in prior European Championships, making the three losses here a stunning decline. They would fall short again in 1977 and 1979 before recovering the top spot.
Germany had one of its better years, going 3-3 to finish third. They would vanish from the European scene, though, not appearing again until the 1987 European Championship and not returning to the top five until the 2005 European Championship.
Spain went 3-3 and finished 4th.
Sweden placed 5th, going 0-2 in the first rounds and 3-0 in the 5th/6th place games.
France was last, going 0-5.
Also see 1975 European Championship (Rosters)