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The 1967 Pan American Games were the 5th Pan American Games. They were held in Winnipeg, MB from July 23 through August 6, 1967. As of 2014, they are the only Pan Am Games to be won by the USA.


[edit] Games

[edit] July 24

[edit] July 25

[edit] July 26

[edit] July 27

[edit] July 28

[edit] July 29

[edit] July 30

[edit] July 31

[edit] August 1

[edit] August 2

  • Flag of Canada Canada 10, Flag of Cuba Cuba 9. Winless Canada beats unbeaten Cuba in a stunner. Scott walks 7 but gets the win over Fermín Laffita (usually a position player) thanks to four hits to help his own cause. Wilson homers and Oakes has a homer, three hits and four RBI.
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 7, Flag of Mexico Mexico 6

[edit] August 3

  • Flag of United States United States 8, Flag of Cuba Cuba 3. In the first game of the finals, the USA stunned Alarcón and four relievers with 13 hits and 8 runs for a win. Greer homered and singled and Marquess had four hits (3 doubles). Curtis got the win after having dropped two to Cuba.

[edit] August 4

  • Flag of Cuba Cuba 7, Flag of United States United States 5. Kenneth Smith hits a two-run homer and Jim Spencer a solo shot in the third off Betancourt as the US leads 5-3 into the 5th. Torriente blanks the US after that, though, while Cuba rallies off Plodinec and Toomey. Pedro Chávez doubles in the winner.

[edit] August 5

  • Flag of United States United States 2, Flag of Cuba Cuba 1. Cuba turned to Alarcón on one day off and he was fairly sharp. In the 4th, Greer walked, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a hit by Sogge. In the 6th, the Cubans tied it against Ray Blosse when Urbano Gonzalez reached on a Sogge error, advanced a base on a grounder twice and then came home on another error by Sogge. It remained 1-1 going into the 9th and Alarcón was still working on a one-hitter (the lone hit by Sogge in the 4th) when a rain delay of 15 minutes halted play after a walk to Blosse. Marquess bunted Blosse over, then Jack Kraus was intentionally walked to try to force a double play. Lisetski singled to load the bases. With the infield in, Greer singled through the right side for a 2-1 win.

[edit] Teams

Flag of United States United States was 6-2 in the round-robin before taking 2 of 3 in the finals. Sogge led the tourney with 11 runs and 3 home runs while Greer led with 6 doubles. Joe Sanderfield led in ERA (0.75) and tied for the strikeout lead (23). Plodinec tied for the best record at 2-0.

Flag of Cuba Cuba went 7-1 in the round-robin before fading in the championship. Laffita (.333) led the tourney with 5 steals while Isasi (.217) led with 10 RBI. Betancourt (2-0, 2.45) and Roberto Valdes (2-0, 2.81) tied for the top record. Alarcón finished only 1-2 despite a 2.33 ERA.

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico won Bronze by going 4-4. Jose Baez led the Games with two triples.

Flag of Mexico Mexico was 4th at 2-6 and did not have any player who led the tournament in any major department.

Flag of Canada Canada finished last at 1-7, with their only win coming against the top team, Cuba. They had previously beaten Puerto Rico but had the win overturned due to using four players with prior professional experience. It was Canada's first international tournament. Robertson led the Games in average (.467) and hits (14). Stead, a future Canada Hall of Fame member, led the tournament with 23 strikeouts (tied) and 23 1/3 innings pitched according to A History of Cuban Baseball but this cannot be correct as he was one of the four players expelled from the tourney after two games (only one of which he played in).

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman, Western Canada baseball recap of the Games

Also see 1967 Pan American Games (Rosters)

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