The famous Greek Athletic Club, PANATHINAIKOS A.O. has formerly
announced the fact that the "Athletic Group" has added a "Baseball
Division" to its group of sports. It has joined the Hellenic Amateur
Baseball Federation and has registered its first baseball team that will
participate in the 2014 Greek Baseball Cup and the 2014 Greek Baseball
Former Spartakos Glyfadas
team Manager Tom Mazarakis has been assigned the position of the new
team's Manager and he has assembled a roster of transferred players from
several existing teams with the addition of several new players.
A.O. was founded in Athens in 1908 as a soccer team, but over the years
it has added a wide variety of 20 different sports including
basketball, volleyball, swimming, cycling, track & field, weight
lifting, wrestling, boxing, water polo, marksmanship, ping pong, rugby,
and now baseball. The famous Panathinaikos Stadium on Leoforos
Alexandras in Athens is the site where the first ever organized baseball
game was played in Greece on April 11, 1946. On that date an exhibition
game was organized and played between American crew members of the USS
Missouri and the USS Providence. The next time an organized baseball
game was played was on 3 June 1955. Again, the place it took place was
the Panathinaikos Stadium. One of the two teams was comprised of
American soldiers who were stationed in Greece and the other team was
comprised of Greeks and Greek-Americans.
name "Panathinaikos" is very well known in Europe as one of the leading
Greek soccer teams and the club also features one of the best Greek
basketball teams with 6 European Championships under its belt.
addition of the Panathinaikos Baseball team to the Greek league is
expected to attract greater interest in the sport from among Greek
sports fans. Hopefully, this development will also attract interest
from other large Greek sports clubs such as Olympiakos, PAOK, AEK, and
others to assemble baseball teams.