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1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics

1996 Summer Olympics - The Results (Baseball)

Baseball at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Events: 1

Participants: 160 (160 men and 0 women) from 8 countries
Youngest Participant: KOR Kim Seon-U (18 years, 320 days)
Oldest Participant: NED Marcel Joost (35 years, 221 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 60 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

VENUE

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the site of four of the last five World Series, was the host venue for the Centennial Olympic Games baseball competition. The 30-year home of the city's major league baseball team—the 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves—the 54,000seat facility holds a regulation baseball field with an outfield fence measuring 330 ft (100.6 m) to left and right fields, 385 ft (117.3 m) to the power alleys, and 402 ft (122.5 m) to center field. The stadium was located 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from the Atlanta Olympic Village.

Overview

After debuting as a full medal sport in 1992, this was the second Olympic baseball tournament. It was held at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, which was the home of the major league Atlanta Braves, although they would move into the Olympic Stadium (to be renamed Turner Field) in 1997. The stadium was built in 1966 and was also the home of the NFL'€™s Atlanta Falcons from 1966-91. It was most famous in baseball as the site of Hank Aaron'€™s 715th home run in April 1974, when he broke Babe Ruth'€™s major league record for most career home runs. After the Braves moved to Turner Field, the stadium was imploded and demolished in August 1997, although a plaque still exists marking the landing point of Aaron'€™s record-breaking home run.

The tournament consisted of eight teams who participated in a round-robin tournament, which advanced the top four teams to the semi-finals, where a single-elimination semi-final, final, and a bronze medal game determined the top four places. The eight teams were chosen as follows '€“ the United States as the host nation; two teams from the 1995 Pan American Games (Cuba, Nicaragua); two teams from the 1995 European Championships (The Netherlands, Italy); two teams from the 1995 Asian Championships (Japan, Korea [South]); and Australia, the 1995 Oceanian Champion, qualified by defeating South Africa, the 1995 African Champion, in a play-off.

As they had in 1992, Cuba, the dominant nation in international baseball, won the gold medal without losing a game, extending their Olympic winning streak to 18 games. Cuba defeated Japan in the final, with the United States defeating Nicaragua for the bronze medal.

Baseball had its second appearance as an official medal sport at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, with games played at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. Eight nations competed, with the preliminary phase consisting of each team playing every other team. Playoffs were then held, with the four highest ranked teams advancing. For the semifinals, the 1st place team played the 4th place team and the 2nd place team played against the 3rd place team. The winners of those semifinals competed against each other for the gold medal, with the loser getting the silver medal. The teams defeated in the semifinal played a match for the bronze medal.

Baseball was an event open only to amateurs for the second and last time.

THE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT of the 1996 Olympic Games took place from 20 July to 2 August. In excess of 1.13 million tickets were sold, more than tripling the attendance record set in 1984. Admission to the baseball tournament was also the most inexpensive of all Games sports, with some tickets priced as low as $7.

Summary

Cuba remained the heavy favorite, but they had lost a bit of an edge since 1992, and their team was crumbling internally as well. Only 10 days before the start of the 1996 Olympics, one of their star pitchers from the 1992 team, Roland Arroyo, defected. Another top pitcher, Jose Contreras, would later defect to the United States, and became one of the first Cubans in many years to play in the Major Leagues, beginning his career in 2003 with the New York Yankees. But Cuba still had Omar Linares and Orestes Kindelan, and their power line-up made up for their pitching weakness. They again won every game, although Japan took them to extra innings in pool play. In the final, Cuba repeated their victory over Japan, 13-9. During the tournament, Linares and Kindelán combined for 17 home runs.

 COMPETITION

  A total of 160 athletes (20 per team) took part in the eight-team, 28-game, round-robin tournament. The countries that competed were Australia, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, and the United States. The top four teams advanced to the semifinals, where the winners competed in the gold-medal game, and the third- and fourth-place teams played for the bronze. Opening tournament play, Australia gave gold-medal favorite Cuba a battle before dropping a 19-8 decision to the defending gold medalist. The teams combined for the most runs in a single Olympic game (previously 20). After being briefly ahead 4-2, the Australian team members found themselves in an 8-8 deadlock in the sixth inning before Cuba awoke and plated eight runs in the inning. Cuba's designated hitter, Orestes Kindelan, led the late onslaught with two home runs and six runs batted in (RBIs), while second baseman Antonio Pacheco knocked in seven RBIs with hits that included two home runs, a single-game high for Olympic competition. The duo became the first Olympic teammates to hit multiple home runs in the same game. On the second day of competition, the no. 1 seeded Cubans found themselves close to losing only their second nonexhibition international tournament game in 13 years. But Cuba scored two runs at the bottom of the 10th inning to pull out an 8-7 win over Japan. The game featured Kindelan's gigantic 521 ft (159 m) home run, the longest measured in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Later in the preliminaries, Kindelan hit another 500 ft (152 m) shot and finished with an individual record of nine home runs in the tournament. At the halfway point in the round-robin, Cuba and the US were the only undefeated teams. Surprisingly, Korea, a pre-Games medal contender, was virtually eliminated from contention after opening with four straight losses. In front of a sold-out crowd of 51,795 on the sixth day of preliminary play, the US batters pounded seven home runs in a 15-5 win over Japan. The game was shortened to seven innings because of the 10-run lead "mercy rule" used in international play: if a team is trailing by 10 or more runs after batting seven innings, the game is declared over. In the contest, the US set three home-run marks for Olympic competition: most home runs in an inning (five); most consecutive home runs (four); and most home runs in a game (seven). On the eighth day of competition, the much-anticipated showdown between the tournament's only unbeaten teams materialized when Cuba faced the US. Another sold-out crowd watched both teams put on their usual display of offensive firepower, but it was Cuba that capitalized with runners in scoring position to post a 10-8 win. The victory gave Cuba a record of 6-0 in the tournament and the no. 1 seed in the upcoming four-team medal round. At 5-1, the US clinched the no. 2 seed. After the preliminary games, Cuba (7-0), the US (6-1), Japan (4-3), and Nicaragua (4-3) advanced to the tournament semifinals. Though Italy (2-5) and the Netherlands (2-5) did not qualify for the medal round, they became the first European teams to win more than one game in Olympic baseball play. Leading the way for Italy were Luigi Carrozza, the leading hitter in the tournament with a .571 batting average (12 for 21), and pitcher Roberto Cabalisti, who was at the top in strikeouts with 17. The Netherlands' Eric de Bruin was among the tournament's leading hitters, finishing with a .471 batting average. In the opening game of the semifinals, Cuba moved into the gold-medal contest with a solid 8-1 win over Nicaragua, whose pitching staff entered the medal round with a tournamentbest earned run average (ERA) of 3.88. Just three days earlier, Cuba had had to rally four times before beating Nicaragua 8-7. In the other semifinal game, Japan became the only country to earn a medal in each of the last four Olympic Games baseball competitions when it pulled off a stunning 11-2 upset over the United States. In the preliminaries, the US had drilled seven home runs in a 15-5 win over Japan, but this time, Japan clubbed five home runs while the US had only one. In a rematch of the 8-7 extra-inning thriller from the second day of tournament play, unbeaten Cuba (8-0) faced Japan (5-3) in the gold-medal game before a crowd of 44,221. Given the number of home runs that had been hit in the tournament (122), it was only appropriate that the championship game turned into an exciting long-ball hitting contest. A total of 11 home runs was hit as Cuba held on for a 13-9 win. Cuba blasted eight of the game's 11 round-trippers, and leading the way was third baseman Omar Linares, who hit three two-run homers. Linares also extended his hitting streak to 18 games—hitting safely in all nine games in each of the last two Olympic Games. Cuba's team members were Omar Ajete, Miguel Caldes, Jose Ariel Contreras, Jose Estrada, Jorge Fumero, Alberto Hernandez, Rey Isaac, Orestes Kindelan, Pedro Luis Lazo, Omar Linares, Omar Luis, Juan Manrique, Eliecer Montes de Oca, Antonio Pacheco, Juan Padilla, Eduardo Paret, Osmany Romero, Antonio Scull, Luis Ulacia, and Lazaro Vargas. The silver-medal Japanese team consisted of Kosuke Fukudome, Tadahito Iguchi, Makoto Imaoka, Takeo Kawamura, Jutaro Kimura, Takashi Kurosu, Takao Kuwamoto, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Koichi Misawa, Masahiko Mori, Masao Morinaka, Daishin Nakamura, Masahiro Nojima, Hideaki Okubo, Hitoshi Ono, Yasuyuki Saigo, Tomoaki Sato, Masanori Sugiura, Takayuki Takabayashi, and Yoshitomo Tani. Loyd, Warren Morris, Augie Ojeda, Jim Parque, Jeff Weaver, and Jason Williams.

Final (August 2)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Japan Japan 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 2 9 9 1
Cuba Cuba 3 3 0 0 0 4 1 2 x 13 14 0

Bronze medal match (August 2)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
United States United States 4 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 10 12 1
Nicaragua Nicaragua 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 2

Semifinals (August 1)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nicaragua Nicaragua 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Cuba Cuba 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 x 8 14 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Japan Japan 0 3 0 0 3 0 2 2 1 11 15 0
United States United States 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 1

Results

Preliminary round

Standing

Team W L Tiebreaker
 Cuba 7 0 -
 United States 6 1 -
 Japan 4 3 1-0
 Nicaragua 4 3 0-1
 Netherlands 2 5 2-0
 Italy 2 5 1-1
 Australia 2 5 0-2
 South Korea 1 6 -

Day 1 (July 20)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
United States United States 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 6 0
Nicaragua Nicaragua 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cuba Cuba 2 0 3 3 0 8 0 3   19 20 2
Australia Australia 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0   8 12 5
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Japan Japan 1 1 1 0 1 2 6     12 17 0
Netherlands Netherlands 0 1 0 0 0 0 1     2 6 4

Day 2 (July 21)

3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
South Korea South Korea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Italy Italy 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 2 6 1
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E
Japan Japan 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 7 6 0
Cuba Cuba 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 12 1

Day 3 (July 22)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Netherlands Netherlands 8 2 0 0 0 4 0 2   16 18 1
Australia Australia 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0   6 7 2
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Italy Italy 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Nicaragua Nicaragua 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 x 7 5 2
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 4
United States United States 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 x 7 10 3

Day 4 (July 23)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Netherlands Netherlands 0 1 0 0 0 1 0     2 4 0
Cuba Cuba 2 0 2 1 6 7 x     18 17 0
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nicaragua Nicaragua 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 8 14 4
South Korea South Korea 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 8 1
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Australia Australia 0 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 9 14 0
Japan Japan 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 11 3

Day 5 (July 24)

3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
United States United States 6 0 5 2 0 2 0     15 11 0
Italy Italy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0     3 6 2
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cuba Cuba 0 1 1 4 0 3 2 3 0 14 20 0
South Korea South Korea 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 5 11 17 2

Day 6 (July 25)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nicaragua Nicaragua 1 0 4 0 0 0       5 10 0
Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 5 1
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Italy Italy 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 12 15 3
Australia Australia 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 8 12 3
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
United States United States 7 0 0 0 7 1 0     15 14 0
Japan Japan 2 0 2 1 0 0 0     5 6 1

Day 7 (July 26)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Japan Japan 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 13 13 1
Nicaragua Nicaragua 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 6 11 2
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Italy Italy 0 0 0 0 4 0 2     6 11 7
Cuba Cuba 0 4 5 5 4 2 x     20 19 0
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Australia Australia 1 2 2 0 0 0 0     5 9 1
United States United States 7 0 2 6 0 0 x     15 13 0

Day 8 (July 28)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Netherlands Netherlands 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 10 0
South Korea South Korea 0 3 2 1 5 0 0 0 x 11 16 1
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cuba Cuba 4 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 10 13 0
United States United States 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 8 13 2
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Australia Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 2
Nicaragua Nicaragua 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 5   10 13 0

Day 9 (July 29)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Netherlands Netherlands 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 8 13 1
Italy Italy 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 3 7 9 1
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Nicaragua Nicaragua 1 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 7 13 1
Cuba Cuba 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 X 8 12 1
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
South Korea South Korea 1 0 0 0 0 3 0     4 8 2
Japan Japan 0 0 2 3 5 3 1     14 19 0

Day 10 (July 30)

10:00AM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
United States United States 5 0 2 2 1 4 3     17 18 1
Netherlands Netherlands 0 0 0 1 0 0 0     1 3 3
3:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Italy Italy 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 6 1
Japan Japan 1 2 0 1 3 2 1 2   12 13 0
8:00PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Australia Australia 0 0 0 8 0 0 1 2 0 11 14 2
South Korea South Korea 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 10 3

Final standing

Place Team
W T L PTS RF RA  
9 0 0 18 118 59  
5 0 4 10 89 60  
7 0 2 14 93 41  
4 0 5 8 48 48  
2 0 5 4 32 76  
2 0 5 4 33 71  
2 0 5 4 47 86  
1 0 6 2 40 59  
Gold  Cuba
Silver  Japan
Bronze  United States
4.  Nicaragua
5.  Netherlands
6.  Italy
7.  Australia
8.  South Korea

Rosters

   
 Cuba  Japan  United States
Athlete Age
Alberto Hernandez 27
Antonio Pacheco 32
Antonio Scull 30
Eduardo Paret 23
Eliecer Montes 25
Jorge Fumero 27
Jose Antonio Estrada 29
Jose Contreras 24
Juan Manrique 28
Juan Padilla 30
Lazaro Vargas 32
Luis Ulacia 32
Miguel Caldes 25
Omar Ajete 31
Omar Linares 28
Omar Luis 24
Orestes Kindelan 31
Ormari Romero 28
Pedro Luis Lazo 23
Rey Isaac 23
Athlete Age
Kosuke Fukudome 19
Masahiro Nojima 24
Nobuhiko Matsunaka 22
Makoto Imaoka 21
Takao Kuwamoto 26
Tadahito Iguchi 21
Yasuyuki Saigo 23
Hideaki Okubo 27
Daishin Nakamura 30
Koichi Misawa 22
Masao Morinaka 22
Jutaro Kimura 28
Takeo Kawamura 24
Hitoshi Ono 19
Masahiko Mori 30
Masanori Sugiura 28
Takashi Kurosu 27
Takayuki Takabayashi 23
Tomoaki Sato 27
Yoshitomo Tani 23
Athlete Age
R. A. Dickey 21
Warren Morris 22
Augie Ojeda 21
Mark Kotsay 20
Jason Williams 21
Chad Allen 21
Chad Green 21
Kip Harkrider 20
Braden Looper 21
Travis Lee 21
A. J. Hinch 22
Jacque Jones 21
Brian Loyd 22
Troy Glaus 19
Seth Greisinger 20
Matt LeCroy 20
Kris Benson 21
Jim Parque 20
Jeff Weaver 19
Billy Koch 21
 Nicaragua  Netherlands  Italy
Athlete Age
Bayardo Davila 28
Marti­n Aleman 25
Norman Cardoze 24
Oswaldo Mairena 20
Nemesio Porras 27
Jose Luis Quiroz 26
Carlos Alberto Berrios 28
Sandy Moreno 28
Omar Obando 19
Jose Ramon Padilla 30
Fredy Zamora 29
Julio Cesar Osejo 26
Eduardo Bojorge 30
Asdrudes Flores 35
Ani­bal Vega 26
Erasmo Baca 30
Luis Daniel Miranda 25
Fredy Corea 23
Jorge Luis Avellan 24
Henry Roa 26
Athlete Age
Eric de Bruin 32
Andre van Maris 22
Eddie Dix 25
Geoffrey Kohl 27
Marcel Joost 35
Eelco Jansen 27
Byron Ward 27
Johnny Balentina 24
Giel ten Bosch 22
Jeffrey Cranston 26
Danny Wout 22
Tom Nanne 25
Paul Nanne 29
Evert-Jan 't Hoen 20
Marlon Fluonia 31
Rob Cordemans 21
Adonis Kemp 29
Marcel Kruijt 33
Edsel Martis 34
Peter Callenbach 33
Athlete Age
Claudio Liverziani 21
Pierpaolo Illuminati 25
Roberto De Franceschi 31
Davide Rigoli 23
Marco Ubani 31
Francesco Casolari 30
Andrea Evangelisti 23
Enrico Vecchi 26
Massimiliano Masin 28
Paolo Ceccaroli 34
Ruggero Bagialemani 33
Paolo Passerini 26
Massimo Fochi 31
Alberto D'Auria 29
Roberto Cabalisti 35
Dante Carbini 22
Marco Barboni 28
Rolando Cretis 33
Luigi Carrozza 27
Fabio Betto 23
 Australia  South Korea  

Men's Baseball

Athlete Age
Jeff Williams 24
Mark Doubleday 22
Scott Tunkin 22
Michael Nakamura 19
Steven Hinton 24
Richard Vagg 28
Andrew Scott 26
Shane Tonkin 25
Jason Hewitt 21
Andrew McNally 22
Matthew Sheldon-Collins 33
Peter Vogler 31
David Hynes 24
Grant McDonald 22
Scott Dawes 24
Stuart Howell 25
Sten Lindberg 22
Simon Sheldon-Collins 29
Stuart Thompson 26
John Moore 27
Athlete Age
Son Min-Han 21
Kim Su-Gwan 23
Bae Jae-Hyo 22
Jo In-Seong 21
Gang Hyeok 21
Jo Jin-Ho 20
Jin Gab-Yong 22
Jo Gyeong-Hwan 23
Lee Dong-Uk 22
Gang Pil-Seon 24
Im Seon-Dong 22
Lee Byeong-Gyu 21
O Cheol-Min 23
Jeon Seung-Nam 21
Kim Yeong-Su 21
Mun Dong-Hwan 24
Na Man-Ho 22
An Hui-Bong 23
Kim Seon-U 18
Chea Jong-Guk 20
 
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