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Baseball, Men

Date19 – 28 September 1988
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationJam-sil Ya-gu-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants151 from 8 countries

Eight teams competed in 1988, with a round-robin that advanced the top four teams to the semi-finals. The United States and Japan advanced to the final, with the US winning the final game and the tournament, 5-3. The United States team had several future Major League players, including Ty Griffin, Robin Ventura, Tino Martinez, Ed Sprague, Jim Abbott, and Ben McDonald. The tournament was weakened by the absence of Cuba, which joined a small boycott of the 1988 Olympics in support of North Korea. Cuba was the world’s greatest amateur team in the 1980s.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1United StatesUSA
Ty GriffinBret BarberieMike FioreRobin VenturaTino MartinezTed WoodJeff BransonBilly MasseTom GoodwinEd SpragueMickey MorandiniDave SilvestriDoug RobbinsScott ServaisJim AbbottAndy BenesBen McDonaldMike MilchinCharles NagyJoe Slusarski
2JapanJPN
Hiroki KatsuragiKunji YonezakiKenjiro NomuraMasafumi NishiDaisuke TsutsuiTerushi NakajimaTakeshi OmoriHirofumi OgawaYasushi MatsumotoAtsuya FurutaAtsuyoshi OtakeMakoto MaedaKenji TomashinoHideo NomoTetsuya ShiozakiTetsuya SuzukiTomio WatanabeShuji YoshidaTakehiro IshiiSoh Kikuchi
3Puerto RicoPUR
Jorge RoblesAbimael RosarioLuis RamosÁngel MoralesEfraín GarcíaBenedicto PoupartAnthony GarcíaAlbert BraceroEddie HorrioLuis DávilaJosé LorenzanaRoberto SantanaRoberto MateoElliot ChianchiniJesús FelicianoJames FigueroaVíctor MartínezJosé MeléndezMariano QuiñonesWilfredo Vélez
4Republic of KoreaKOR
Baek Jae-WooKwon Taek-JaeKang Ki-WoongRoh Chan-YupChoi Hoon-JaeChoi Hae-MyungKim Dong-SooKang Young-SooHwang Dae-YunLee Suk-JaeKim Kyung-KiChang Ho-IkKim Tae-HyungSong Ku-HongKim Ki-BumLee Kang-ChulLee Kwang-WooPark Dong-Hee
=5AustraliaAUS
Tony AdamsonDavid BuckthorpeDavid ClarksonJon DeebleMalcolm GreggPeter HartasGregory HarveyShaun HrabarKim JessopGeoffrey MartinParris MitchellMichael NindMatthew Sheldon-CollinsTony ThomsonPeter VoglerDarren WelchPeter Wood
=5NetherlandsNED
Frank BosPeter CallenbachEric de BruinAlfred de LeeuwEric de VriesHaitze de VriesRobert EenhoornRikkert FaneyteRon GiroldiBill GrootGerlach HaldermanJacky JakobaMarcel JoostRobert KnolFrank KootMarcel KruijtRonald StoovelaarHans van RenselaarBart Volkerijk
=7CanadaCAN
Rob ButlerBill ByckowskiRhéal CormierRandy CurranGreg DuceMark GriffinLorne HumberRick JohnstonJim KotkasAlan MautheTom NelsonGreg O'HalloranBarry ParisottoGreg RothDave RypienWarren SawkiwMatt StairsDave Wainhouse
=7Chinese TaipeiTPE
Chen Chin-MouChen Yi-HsinChiang Tai-ChuanHong Cheng-ChinHong I-ChungHuang Chiung-LungHuang Ping-YangKuo Chien-ChengLee Chu-MingLin I-TsengLin Tzung-ChiuLo Chen-JungLo Kuo-ChungTseng Chi-ChenTu Hung-ChinWang Kuang-HueiWu Fu-LienWu Shih-HsinYang Chien-Jen

Preliminary Round (19 – 23 September 1988)

Group White (19 – 23 September 1988)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWonTiedLostPointsRuns ForRA
1United StatesUSA20142421
2Republic of KoreaKOR20141013
3AustraliaAUS10221712
4CanadaCAN10221015

Game #1 AUS 7 – 6CAN
Game #2 USA 5 – 3KOR
Game #3 USA 12 – 2
7 inning mercy rule
AUS
Game #4 KOR 5 – 3CAN
Game #5 KOR 2 – 1
10 innings
AUS
Game #6 CAN 8 – 7USA

Semi-Finals (26 September 1988)

Game #1 JPN 3 – 1KOR
Game #2 USA 7 – 2PUR

Group Blue (20 – 24 September 1988)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWonTiedLostPointsRuns ForRA
1JapanJPN3006175
2Puerto RicoPUR20141011
3NetherlandsNED10221114
4Chinese TaipeiTPE0030412

Game #1 NED 6 – 1TPE
Game #2 JPN 7 – 1PUR
Game #3 JPN 4 – 3TPE
Game #4 PUR 7 – 4NED
Game #5 PUR 2 – 0TPE
Game #6 JPN 6 – 1NED

Final Round (28 September 1988)

Game 1/2 USA 5 – 3JPN
Game 3/4 PUR 7 – 0KOR