1967 Pan American Games
From BR Bullpen
United States was 6-2 in the round-robin, losing twice to Cuba, but then beat the Cubans 8-3 in Game One of the playoffs. In game 2, they fell to 7-5. That brought them to the finale of the best-of-3 series. With the score tied at one in the bottom of the 9th, heavy rains began to fall, causing a delay. Manuel Alarcón, the Cuban starter and ace, ran into trouble after the rain delay, walking two and allowing a hit to load the bases. With the infield in, US outfielder George Greer singled home Ray Blosse with the winner. Steve 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). Tim Plodinec tied for the best record at 2-0. Other players included Mark Marquess and Paul Splittorff.
Cuba went 7-1 in the round-robin, losing to Canada 10-9, before fading in the championship. Fermin Laffita (.333) led the tourney with 5 steals while Felix Isasi (.217) led with 10 RBI. Rigoberto 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.
Puerto Rico won Bronze by going 4-4. Jose Baez led the Games with two triples.
Mexico was 4th at 2-6 and did not have any player who led the tournament in any major department.
Canada finished last at 1-7, with their only one coming against the top team, Cuba. It was Canada's first international tournament. Allan Robertson led the Games in average (.467) and hits (14). Ron Stead, a future Canada Hall of Fame member, led the tournament with 23 strikeouts (tied) and 23 1/3 innings pitched.