While it may come as a surprise to Americans, it was not until 1992
that baseball debuted as an official Olympic sport.
That year the Royal Spanish Mint as part of the host country series
of Olympic coins honored the sport on a gold 10,000-peseta coin. The
design reminds collectors of the physics involved in the game.
An abstract design highlights the pitcher’s role in the choreography
of an at-bat, which culminates in the swing of a baseball bat, the
burst of kinetic energy as the barrel rushes to meet the spinning orb
coming from the pitcher’s hand.
In 2000, Australia showed the other half of that tandem, the
pitcher, during his wind-up, the ball about to sail into history.
Though not considered a powerhouse, Australia has sent several players
to the major leagues, and even earned a silver medal during the 2004
Australia is one of six different countries to earn gold, silver or
bronze during the five Olympic contests held from 1992 until the
sport’s final bow in 2008.