Belgian Baseball from the past

Recently I bumped into this website showing old editions of a British baseball magazine called Baseball Mercury, thanks to @ExtrainningsUK. In several editions of this magazine from the seventies and eighties, attention is paid to Belgian baseball as well.

The first item can be found in the edition of March 1973 in which is written about the final standings of the 1972 championship in Belgium, won by the Luchtbal Grays for the twelfth time overall. Extra attention is paid to the retirement of Jos Robyn, according to the magazine, the finest player Belgian baseball has ever produced.

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In February 1974, more attention is paid to baseball in Belgium. Once again Luchtbal has won the championship in 1973 (thirteenth time overall). And the Belgian League has turned to a two-division format for the 1973 season. Also attention is paid to the passing of John van Acker the former chairman of the Belgian Baseball Federation.

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In December 1974, it is described how Luchtbal won the Belgian championship again. Also a new club in the Belgian Eerste Klasse is mentioned: Maestro. In those days the Belgian Eerste Klasse had ten teams, split into two five-team divisions. Those were the days.

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In April 1975, the magazine announces a series of two games that will be played between the Belgian national team and West Germany. Also is announced that Belgium will not participate in that year’s European Championship. The magazine also pays attention to the merger between Royal Antwerp B.C. and Bus Fruit Eagles.

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In April 1976, attention is paid to a Belgian Little League team that left for South Africa and former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for a tour in those two countries.

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In May 1979, attention is paid to the transactions after the 1978 season. Also the Luchtbal Grays strict rule regarding attending training sessions is getting attention.

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In April 1980 there is another piece about the previous season. What catches the eye is the fact that Dutch club Zeeuwse Honk played in the Belgian Eerste Klasse.

In May 1981, the magazine writes its annual article about baseball in Belgium again. This time about the 1980 season that was won by Berchem B.C. with a three-game lead over General Motors, a rather close finish.

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Somehow the 1981 and 1982 seasons are skipped.
In April 1983, attention is paid to the Intercontinental Cup that would be played in Antwerp that year.

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The 1983 season is described in the edition of February 1984. It tells how the Antwerp Eagles won their first championship in the year the club celebrated its 60th anniversary.

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In March 1985, attention is paid to the previous season in which Royal Antwerp Eagles repeated for the Belgian championship.

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Unfortunately after 1985, Belgian baseball disappears into oblivion for this magazine. But nevertheless, it is nice to read something about Belgian baseball in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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