Bringing the ‘national pastime’ to the Olympic arena: Leslie Mann and the driving forces to baseball internationalization in the 1930’s

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Doiara Santos


The main objective of this study is to trace historical efforts to include baseball in the 1936 Olympics, paralleled with the internationalization of that sport. This study is presented in the format of a historical narrative. The research material was mainly drawn from primary sources located in the United States of America and Canada. Results show that Leslie Mann, a former American player, was one who significantly contributed to make the 1936 baseball Olympic exhibition distinctly better organized than previous experiences. The 1936 Olympic baseball demonstration was one of the most important accomplishments to the internationalization of baseball and an important benchmark to Baseball in the Olympic scenario.

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