This Day In Sports History (September 27th) – United States Men’s Olympic Baseball Team
It was on this day in 2000 that the United States men’s Olympic baseball team captured its first gold medal since 1988. The Americans defeated the heavily favored Cubans 4-0 in a game played at the Sydney Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
These Olympics marked the first time that professional baseball players were eligible to participate and represent their countries. However, since the Games took place during Major League Baseball’s regular season, no active professionals took part in this tournament. Both the Americans and Cubans cruised through the round robin, compiling identical 6-1 records to reach the semi-finals. The United States defeated South Korea 3-2 to reach the finals, while Cuba defeated Japan 3-0 in the other semi-final.
Future Major Leaguer Ben Sheets was given the assignment of starting in the gold medal game for the United States. Sheets did not disappoint, as he threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout, giving up just three singles.
Here are the final two outs from the gold medal game.
Mike Schmidt, MLB – Born September 27th 1949 (age 64) in Dayton, Ohio
Jon Garland, MLB – Born September 27th 1979 (age 34) in Valencia, California
John Lannan, MLB – Born September 27th 1984 (age 29) in Long Beach, New York