This week the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown announced their class of 2018. Included in the list was Great Britain's pitching coach from the World Baseball Classic Qualifying round, Trevor Hoffman. We decided to take the opportunity to introduce you to a few other European Hall of Famers, as well as some prospects, from both softball and baseball.
Representing 13 countries, our list includes Cooperstown Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, who served as coach for The Netherlands during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Blyleven was born in Zeist. The RHP was drafted out of California in 1969 and went on to play 22 years posting a lifetime 3.38 ERA and finishing 6 seasons with a perfect fielding percentage. Inducted to the hall in 2011, he had two All Star seasons and threw 24 complete games during the '85 season.
Inducted into the European Softball Hall of Fame in 1988, Italian softball administrator Massimo Romeo is so central to Europe's game that the largest youth tournament on the continent has been played annually under his name since 2012.
Included in the puzzle are names you'll likely recognize like Max Kepler (GER), Dovydas Neverauskas (LTU) and Britt Vonk (NED) from current times, as well as some old timers whose names may have floated out of your mind through the years like Greece's Al Campanis and Bruce Bochy from France.
The names and countries you're searching for are included at the end of the puzzle. You can also request a printable version. To learn more about all the names on the list, check out the related stories at the end of the page!