1985 Intercontinental Cup
Australia tied for 7th (last) at 1-6, only beating Canada. They were managed by Bill Thurston. Lionel Harris was named an All-Star outfielder, the lone All-Star from a sub-.500 team. Other players included David Buckthorpe, Jon Deeble and Grahame Cassel.
Cuba was 6-1 under manager José Pineda and then beat Taiwan 8-7 and South Korea 4-3 in two squeakers to eke out the Gold. Their lone loss was by one run to Japan. They had four All-Stars in 1B Antonio Muñoz (.393, a tourney-best six doubles), 2B Antonio Pacheco (.379), 3B Omar Linares (.467) and OF Luis Casanova (.429, a tourney-high 6 homers and 14 RBI). Also playing well were Reinaldo Costa (1-0, 0.00) and tourney MVP José Alemán (3-0, 1.00). Alemán got both the semifinal and championship game wins. It was the first international event in which Cuba had Pacheco, Linares and Orestes Kindelan (2 for 6), a trio that would remain together through the 2001 Baseball World Cup.
Japan also was 6-1 in round one, under the guidance of Yoshinobu Suzuki, losing only to South Korea. They fell again to South Korea in the semifinals, 4-3, to fall to the Bronze Medal game, which they won 4-2 over Taiwan. Their lone All-Star was P Hiroshi Nagatomi (3-0). Tetsuro Hirose led the Cup with 3 steals.
South Korea went 5-2 in round one, losing to Cuba and Taiwan by a combined 18-2 score. They beat Japan 4-3 in the semifinals but lost 4-3 to Cuba in the Gold Medal game. They were managed by Myung-hak Kim. They had three All-Stars in C Sang-kug Kim, SS Jung-il Ryu and P Ki-bum Kim (3-0).
Chinese Taipei also was 5-2 in round one, with their losses coming to Japan and Cuba. They lost 8-7 to Cuba in the semifinals, then 4-2 to Japan in the Bronze Medal game to settle for 4th. They had the top offensive producer in Tai-Chuan Chiang, who led the event in average (.531), runs (12) and hits (17). They had two All-Stars, OF Yung-Tai Sung and DH Ming-Tsu Lu.
United States was tied for fifth at 2-5, beating only Nicaragua and Australia. Paul Meyers tied for the tourney lead with six doubles. Future major leaguers included Jeff King, Jack McDowell, Matt Merullo, Rich Scheid, Matt Williams, Joe Girardi, George Canale, Mike Fetters, Kevin Brown, Erik Hanson, Scott Hemond, Thomas Howard, Brad Brink and Erik Johnson. They were managed by Duane Banks.
Also see 1985 Intercontinental Cup (Rosters)