In 1956 at the Melbourne Summer Games in Australia, Baseball was the "foreign" demonstration sport. The U.S. team, consisting of players from the Far East Command**, played Australia in a 6-inning game at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Americans won 11-5.
The game was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Due to the field being set up between the running tracks, the right field was only 225 feet, so special ground rules were put in place, stating that a ball hit over the running track on the full will be declared a home run, where one that bounces (or rolls) on or over the track shall be declared a ground-rule double. This rule was put in place to stop baseball cleats from damaging the track for the events after the baseball.
The game was eventually called at 2:40pm, after six completed innings and a final score 11–5, with the Americans batting first. Very few fans were present at the start of the game, but according to Cava,1 114,000 had arrived by the sixth inning. This was due to the finals for the 1500 metres, 4x400 metres relay and finish of the men's marathon.
**Far East Command (FECOM) was a unified combatant command of the United States Department of Defense, active from 1947 until 1957, functionally organised to undertake the occupation of Japan and Korea
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