This Day In Sports History (March 3rd) – World Baseball Classic
It was on this day in 2006 that the inaugural World Baseball Classic held its first ever games. Two games were played on that day with South Korea beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 and Japan hammering China 18-2. Both games were played in the Tokyo Dome.
The tournament featured teams from all over the world playing in venues all across the globe. All continents of the world were represented at this competition except for Antarctica, and games were held in North America, Asia and Central America. Japan would capture the first World Baseball Classic by beating Cuba 10-6 in the Championship game. Daisuke Matsuzaka, the starting pitcher for the Japanese team, was named the tournament’s MVP.
Although interest and attendance was not as high as tournament directors had hoped, the inaugural World Baseball Classic was still deemed a success. A second Classic was held in 2009 and there are plans in place to hold this event every four years starting in 2013.
Here are some highlights from the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Herschel Walker, NFL – Born March 3rd 1962 (age 52) in Wrightsville, Georgia
Brian Leetch, NHL – Born March 3rd 1968 (age 46) in Corpus Christi, Texas
Alexander Semin, NHL – Born March 3rd 1984 (age 30) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia