1981 European Championship
The 1981 European Championship was the only European Championship from 1975 through 1983 that the Italian national team failed to win. The event was held from July 11 through July 19, 1981 in Haarlem. The field remained small with only four teams but attendance was good at 55,000 total. Even Spain, traditionally a strong competitor, failed to field a team.
Netherlands won Gold, going 8-0 at home. They were coached by Jim Stoeckel of Harvard University. Charles Urbanus Jr. hit .522. Jan Hizelendoorn won Best Pitcher honors, while Paul Smit was named MVP.
Sweden went 3-5 to take home Bronze. It was their first Medal ever in a Euro.
Belgium was 4th at 3-5.
Also see 1981 European Championship (Rosters)