As far as we've been able to trace, the first baseball match played by team France was in Paris, France, on June 24, 1928. Played against an elite American student team, the Américains de Paris, the match was lost 9 to 3.
A year later, in Barcelona, Spain, the first official baseball match for the French national team was played against the Spanish national baseball team. This occasion marked the first official international baseball match held in Europe, in which France defeated Spain 10 to 6.
On June 28, 1936, the French baseball team played its first official match on homeland, at the Pershing stadium. Facing off against Holland, France was defeated 9 to 6. However, this baseball match was a preamble to the 1937 Exposition tournament—the first large-scale international baseball competition organized in France. This tournament brought together players from France, The Netherlands and Belgium. France landed in 2nd place and defeated the "Orange", 5 to 4.
In 1955, Europe held the first official baseball competition, known as the European Championship, in which France came in 5th place. Team France then went on to participate in various European competitions, without succeeding to rank in the top of the European nations.
But in the 80's and 90's, team France gained new status. Progressing from competition to competition, the team moved from the last position at the 1983 European Championship in Florence to 3rd place at the 1999 European Championship in Parme—after after narrowly missing the podium on numerous occasions (4th place in 1991 and 1993, and 5th place in 1995). The 1999 3rd place ranking remains the best performance of team France Sénior.
This ascension to 3rd place was the fruit of rapid growth for French baseball, and was headed in 1992 by the former player/professional manager Yoshio Yoshida, star of the Nippon Professional Baseball with the Hanshin Tigers and All-Star member of Japanese baseball.
With Yoshida, team France gained momentum and competed against teams across the world (Merit Cup in Floride 1992, President Cup in South Africa 1993...). While victory was not always on the menu, this experience gradually brought the national team to the first European ranks.
While team France failed to reach the podium during the 2001 Europe Championship in 2001 (4th place) and later landed positions that placed the team in the middle of the board. At the latest Europe Championship in 2010, team France finished in 6th place.
Today, team France, and French baseball in general, is looking to the future. With the support of famous personalities such as Yoshio Yoshida or organizations such as the MLB and WBCI, team France hopes to demonstrate the quality of the training and the players—in the field. With a European Championship and the qualifications to the World Baseball Classic, 2012 promises to be exciting for French baseball!
Participations: 21 (1955, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1969, 197, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010)
Best result: 3rd (1999, Florence - Italy)
Last result: 6th (2010, Parme - Italy)
Participation 1 (1986, Paris - France)
Participations: 3 (1994, 2001, 2003)
Best result: 15th (2001, Taïwan City - Taïwan)
Last result: 15th (2003, La Havane - Cuba)
Participation: 1 (1992, Floride - USA)
Haarlem (The Netherlands), 2003: 5th
South Africa, 1993: 5th
Participations: 3 (1991, 1993, 1997)
Best result: 7th (1997, Villadecans - Spain)
Participations: 2 (1977, 1982)
Best result 3rd (1982, Anvers - Belgium)