World Baseball Classic

March 14th, 2006

So we’ve got the World Baseball Classic going on right now that has people just glued to their TV sets. But this isn’t the first time the great US of A has participated in the event. It’s a little known fact that shortly after its invention baseball was actually used as a means to negotiate land agreements between countries. This was actually how the U.S. expanded its territories during the “Manifest Destiny” times of the mid to late eighteen hundreds. Lucky for you I’ve unearthed an old Box Score from a heated game between the USA and Mexico in which the winner would get to annex Texas:
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USA (8) VS MEXICO (7) – FINAL

USA———–ab-r-h-rbi-bb-avg
D Crockett rf 3 2 1 0 1 .333
M Twain 2b 4 1 3 1 0 .563
A Lincoln 1b 4 1 3 4 0 .588
T Roosevelt dh 4 1 2 2 0 .368
A Doubleday 3b 4 0 0 0 0 .257
JP Morgan c 4 0 1 1 0 .333
Geronimo cf 4 1 3 0 0 .432
PT Barnum lf 2 0 0 0 1 .278
ph-T Edison lf 1 0 0 0 0 .073
H Mellville ss 4 2 2 0 0 .385

Totals———-32 8 15 8 2

BATTING: HR – Lincoln (62, 63), Roosevelt (42). RBI – Lincoln 4 (124), Roosevelt 2 (98), Twain 1 (76), Morgan 1 (85).

PITCHING————ip h r er bb so hr era
W Whitman (W15-6) 6 4 2 2 1 2 1 3.33
US Grant 1 3 2 2 1 1 2 5.00
W Hickock 1/3 1 3 3 3 1 0 8.86
EA Poe 2/3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
M Van Buren (S, 32) 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.37

MEXICO——–ab r h rbi bb avg
S Gonzalez cf 2 2 1 0 2 .367
B Juarez lb 4 1 1 1 0 .363
Montezuma dh 4 1 2 2 0 .488
El Guapo 3b 3 1 1 3 1 .368
P Villa 2b 4 0 0 0 0 .287
E Zapata ss 4 0 1 1 0 .333
H Cortes c 3 1 1 0 1 .232
L Bamba lf 3 0 0 0 1 .278
D Rivera rf 2 1 1 0 0 .385
ph-S Hayek 1 0 1 0 0 .573

Totals———–32 7 9 7 5

BATTING: HR – Guapo (49), Montezuma (38). RBI – Guapo 3 (101), Montezuma 2 (89), Juarez 1 (67), Zapata 1 (73). SB – Gonzalez 6 (137).

PITCHING————ip h r er bb so hr era
F Valenzuela 6 4 4 3 1 2 0 2.98
O De La Hoya (L 0-9) 1/3 7 4 4 0 0 3 12.45
M Hidalgo Y Castilla 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 4.32
C Marin 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.47
T Chong 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.37
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What’s your favorite game from the old World Baseball Classics of the past?

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