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The history of baseball in Australia dates to the 1857.

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The first baseball game in Australia was played in 1857. At the end of the 19th century, Americans also tried to set up baseball leagues and competitions in Australia, with some success. On January 3, 1914, the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants played an exhibition game in front of 10,000 spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of their world tour. A national league was initiated in 1934.

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The national team entered World Championship competition in the late 1970s. Prior to winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Australia had finished 7th in the Olympics twice, which is also the highest position reached in World Championships. Australia has taken part in the first three editions of the World Baseball Classic, although it has not managed to advance beyond the first round.

A national-level competition still exists, as well as lower-level club competitions, but the game attracts comparatively little spectator or media interest. Several Australians, however, have attracted the attention of American scouts and have gone on to play in the major leagues in the United States and Japan.

In 2014, Major League Baseball opened its regular season in Australia with a pair of games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23.

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