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A project like this is never really finished. So check for a update in another ten years. I might ad some more text to some pictures. Ore ad a photo of a missing year, if I find one, I might even replace the first years with a better scan quality. P.S. go to www.challengers.ch if you want to know more about the Challengers ore Swiss baseball.




Challengers History

It all started back in 1980. The Musical “Grease” hat the effect of a huge 50 ties revival all over Europe. Some People started to listen to Rock n’ Roll music again, wear 50 ties style close, and drive big American cars. In Europe they where called “Teddy’s” and they liked everything to do with America. Some even started to play Baseball. But that was not easy. In the hole of Switzerland you couldn’t find a single bat ore glove. So everything had to be bought in Italy, witch was the closest place to Switzerland, where baseball was played. So these couple of “Teddy’s” from Zurich started a team. Since one of them owned a Dodge Challengers convertible, in witch they often road around, they decided to call the team Challengers. They soon found enough players to be a 9 member squad. Later that year at a Rock n’ Roll dance on a ship on lake Zurich, they met a bunch of guy’s from Lucerne, who also claimed to have a baseball team. So a plans for a game where made, witch took place in December. The rumour goes that the game had to be called because of heavy snowfall, but the way I heard it they simply run out of balls. At about the same time, teams where formed in Basel, in the Italian part of Switzerland a team already existed in Ceresio. A Swiss baseball federation was founded and in 1982, and the first national championship was played. The Challengers won it in 1982 and also the next year. In 1984 the Ceresio team took for the playoff two semi pro’s under contract, who finished the season with their Italian teams. They used to play in the double ore triple A minor leagues. So the Challengers lost the 1984 finals to Ceresio, witch led to restrictions concerning foreigners on Swiss teams, and player licences.


The pictures of the first five years are of poor quality, they get better after 1986, incidently the year I joined the team


If you click on some of the pictures, you will find additional information below
Team in 1980, I'm still trying to find out who those guys are.GIF
Team in 1980, I'm still trying to find out who those guys are.GIF
Team 1981 probably at spring training in Italy.GIF
Team 1981 probably at spring training in Italy.GIF
The team at the Heerenschuerli, our second field in Zurich.GIF
The team at the Heerenschuerli, our second field in Zurich.GIF
1983 in Bozen, Italy, the sportsbags would be from our first sponsor.GIF
1983 in Bozen, Italy, the sportsbags would be from our first sponsor.GIF
The Team with the new uniforms in 1985.GIF
The Team with the new uniforms in 1985.GIF
The first uniform .JPG
The first uniform .JPG
It came with white pants.JPG
It came with white pants.JPG
The first baseball cap. CBC stands for Challengers Baseball Club.JPG
The first baseball cap. CBC stands for "Challengers Baseball Club".JPG
The Mark1 model had a red bill, later models where green.JPG
The "Mark1" model had a red bill, later models where green.JPG
In 1985 they adopted new white uniforms .JPG
In 1985 they adopted new white uniforms .JPG
with the legendary Clownpants.JPG
with the legendary "Clownpants".JPG
On the left the first team logo, Mrs.Zingg made on her sowing machine. On the right the federations 1986 championship patch.JPG
On the left the first team logo, Mrs.Zingg made on her sowing machine. On the right the federations 1986 championship patch.JPG
1986 Champions. I was away most of the 87 season, so there're not to many pictures.JPG
1986 Champions. I was away most of the 87 season, so there're not to many pictures.JPG
Our first farm team 1988.JPG
Our first farm team 1988.JPG
We originally planed to name the team “Razorbacks”  .JPG
We originally planed to name the team “Razorbacks” .JPG
First team  1988.JPG
First team 1988.JPG
In 1988 we had these practice T-shirts made, they where of sutch good quality, I still wear mine today.JPG
In 1988 we had these practice T-shirts made, they where of sutch good quality, I still wear mine today.JPG
Also in 1988 the federation started a youth program. The upper age limit was 15, there was no limit downwarts.JPG
Also in 1988 the federation started a youth program. The upper age limit was 15, there was no limit downwarts.JPG
The second Challengers logo.JPG
The second Challengers logo.JPG
Our sponsor 1988 till 1992 Grogg car bodyworks.JPG
Our sponsor 1988 till 1992 "Grogg car bodyworks".JPG
Joe Hasty.JPG
Joe Hasty.JPG
1989.GIF
1989.GIF
First team 1990.JPG
First team 1990.JPG
Jun.90.JPG
Jun.90.JPG
First team at Flyers tournement.JPG
First team at Flyers tournement.JPG
 Farm team 1991.JPG
Farm team 1991.JPG
Our second farm team Macrons in 1991 at spring training in Italy.JPG
Our second farm team Macrons in 1991 at spring training in Italy.JPG
Teamcap 1991.JPG
Teamcap 1991.JPG
First team 1992.JPG
First team 1992.JPG
Third team 1992.JPG
Third team 1992.JPG
Juniors 1992.JPG
Juniors 1992.JPG
A misunderstanding while reorder caps in 1992 led to the “big C” caps.JPG
A misunderstanding while reorder caps in 1992 led to the “big C” caps.JPG
White pants for home games where introduced in 1993.JPG
White pants for home games where introduced in 1993.JPG
first team 1993.JPG
first team 1993.JPG
Second team 1993.JPG
Second team 1993.JPG
Juniors 1993.JPG
Juniors 1993.JPG
Juniors 1994.JPG
Juniors 1994.JPG
First team 1995.JPG
First team 1995.JPG
Second team 1995.JPG
Second team 1995.JPG
Juniors 1995.JPG
Juniors 1995.JPG
CBC Organisation 1996.JPG
CBC Organisation 1996.JPG
Meister.JPG
Meister.JPG
Juniors 1996.JPG
Juniors 1996.JPG
New uniform 1996.JPG
New uniform 1996.JPG
Grey pants.JPG
Grey pants.JPG
The new Z logo by Thomas Landis.JPG
The new Z logo by Thomas Landis.JPG
CBC Organisation 1997.JPG
CBC Organisation 1997.JPG
BTeam.97.JPG
BTeam.97.JPG
Meister.97.JPG
Meister.97.JPG
NL A Swiss Champions 1998.JPG
NL A Swiss Champions 1998.JPG
Second team 1998.JPG
Second team 1998.JPG
Juniors 1998.JPG
Juniors 1998.JPG
1998 Patch.JPG
1998 Patch.JPG
Road uniform.JPG
Road uniform.JPG
T-shirt.JPG
T-shirt.JPG
Turtleneck.JPG
Turtleneck.JPG
Detail.JPG
Detail.JPG
Alternative uniform.JPG
Alternative uniform.JPG
Alternative.JPG
Alternative.JPG
Juniors uniform.JPG
Juniors uniform.JPG
Back to back champions 1999.JPG
Back to back champions 1999.JPG
Second team1999.JPG
Second team1999.JPG
1999 Champion patch.JPG
1999 Champion patch.JPG
First Team 2000 Champions.JPG
First Team 2000 Champions.JPG
B-Team2000.JPG
B-Team2000.JPG
Meister 2000.JPG
Meister 2000.JPG
Millennium Champioship patch.JPG
"Millennium" Champioship patch.JPG
Road jersey.JPG
Road jersey.JPG
3 D cap.JPG
3 D cap.JPG
3 D logo.JPG
3 D logo.JPG
NLA2001.JPG
NLA2001.JPG
Second Team 2001.JPG
Second Team 2001.JPG
Team Red Sox 2001.JPG
Team Red Sox 2001.JPG
NL A 2002schweden.jpg
NL A 2002schweden.jpg
Juniors Team 2002.JPG
Juniors Team 2002.JPG
Champ 2002.JPG
Champ 2002.JPG
1.Liga 2003.JPG
1.Liga 2003.JPG
2004 NL A Team.JPG
2004 NL A Team.JPG
2004 Softball Team.JPG
2004 Softball Team.JPG
2004 Cadets Team.JPG
2004 Cadets Team.JPG
Champion patch 04.JPG
Champion patch 04.JPG
Detail.JPG
Detail.JPG
New 3D cap.JPG
New 3D cap.JPG
Comparison .JPG
Comparison .JPG
1987 Jacket.JPG
1987 Jacket.JPG
1996 Jacket.JPG
1996 Jacket.JPG
2001 Jacket.JPG
2001 Jacket.JPG
Batting Jersey.JPG
Batting Jersey.JPG
Warmup jersey.JPG
Warmup jersey.JPG
Fan Cap.JPG
Fan Cap.JPG
A Darts bar.JPG
A Darts bar.JPG
Sports Equipment.JPG
Sports Equipment.JPG
Jumper.JPG
Jumper.JPG
20th Anniversary Pennant  .JPG
20th Anniversary Pennant .JPG
Pin.JPG
Pin.JPG
Rodriguez patch.JPG
Rodriguez patch.JPG
Winter cap.JPG
Winter cap.JPG
Fishing hat.JPG
Fishing hat.JPG
Membership card.JPG
Membership card.JPG
Letterhead.JPG
Letterhead.JPG
Sticker.JPG
Sticker.JPG
cbc35.JPG
cbc35.JPG
DSCN5203.JPG
DSCN5203.JPG
DSCN5205.JPG
DSCN5205.JPG
Lighter.JPG
Lighter.JPG
Tasche.JPG
Tasche.JPG
Tasche2.JPG
Tasche2.JPG
Grey version.JPG
Grey version.JPG
In detail.JPG
In detail.JPG
T-shirt by Thomas Landis.JPG
T-shirt by Thomas Landis.JPG
A 1994 Dario Carrozza / Johnny Müller design..JPG
A 1994 Dario Carrozza / Johnny Müller design..JPG
1997 Playoff’s by Chris Palatinus.JPG
1997 Playoff’s by Chris Palatinus.JPG
Softball Team.JPG
Softball Team.JPG
Publications.JPG
Publications.JPG
Before there was Internet.JPG
Before there was Internet.JPG
82 Champs.JPG
82 Champs.JPG
82 CHAMPS.1.JPG
82 CHAMPS.1.JPG
82 CHAMPS.2.JPG
82 CHAMPS.2.JPG
Genf 1989 Tournament.JPG
Genf 1989 Tournament.JPG
Junioren 1989 Champ.JPG
Junioren 1989 Champ.JPG
Cadets 97 Champs.JPG
Cadets 97 Champs.JPG
Junioren Millenium Champ.JPG
Junioren Millenium Champ.JPG
2004 Swiss Champions.JPG
2004 Swiss Champions.JPG
Teams 2005.JPG
Teams 2005.JPG
2.Mannschaft 2005.jpg
2.Mannschaft 2005.jpg
Cadets 2005.JPG
Cadets 2005.JPG
Softball 2005.JPG
Softball 2005.JPG
1.Liga 2006.JPG
1.Liga 2006.JPG
Cadets 2006.JPG
Cadets 2006.JPG
Softball 2006.JPG
Softball 2006.JPG
1.Liga06.JPG
1.Liga06.JPG
Swiss Cup Winner 2007.JPG
Swiss Cup Winner 2007.JPG
NLB 2007.JPG
NLB 2007.JPG
Cadets Champions 2007.JPG
Cadets Champions 2007.JPG
Softball Team 2007.JPG
Softball Team 2007.JPG
NLA 2008 Therwil.JPG
NLA 2008 Therwil.JPG
1.Liga 2008.JPG
1.Liga 2008.JPG
2008 Cadets Swiss Champions.JPG
2008 Cadets Swiss Champions.JPG