Ben McDonald

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameLarry Benard "Ben"•McDonald
Used nameBen•McDonald
Born24 November 1967 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)
AffiliationsLSU Tigers, Baton Rouge (USA)
NOC United States


Ben McDonald was a 6-7 (2.00 m) right-handed pitcher who played for the USA at the 1988 Olympic demonstration baseball tournament. He played in college at Louisiana State University and was then drafted as the first overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. McDonald also played basketball at LSU. He won a silver medal at the 1988 Baseball World Cup with the USA team.

McDonald pitched in the majors from 1989-97, with the Orioles in his first seven seasons, and then playing two years with the Milwaukee Brewers. He had a career record of 78-70 with an ERA of 3.91. Shoulder problems in his last years ended his career. McDonald is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Ben McDonald
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1