1975 Intercontinental Cup
The 1975 Intercontinental Cup was the second Intercontinental Cup. It was held from August 14 through August 31, 1975. The first week was played at Kiwanis Park in Moncton, NB, while the second week was played at Jarry Park in Montréal, QC. It was organized by the Federación Mundial de Béisbol Amateur during the FIBA-FEMBA dispute in international baseball.
Canada was 4-5 as the host, finishing fourth. They lost the Bronze Medal game by only one run to Nicaragua, just missing their first Medal in a major event. Knuckleballer John Osborne was 2-0 on the hill.
Colombia was last at 0-7.
Italy placed seventh of eight teams at 2-5, beating only Colombia and Canada.
Japan took home the Silver Medal with a 7-2 record. They lost the Gold Medal game 8-0 to Team USA, the only club to beat them. Tadanori Murakami led the event in average (.588) while Yoshihiro Maekawa led in homers (3) and RBI (11) and tied for the most hits (14).
Puerto Rico went 3-4 to tie for 5th.
United States went unbeaten, going 9-0, to take their first Cup title. Ron Hassey led the Cup with 9 runs and tied for the most hits, 14. Jerry Mondalto led with four doubles. Scott Sanderson led in ERA (0.60) and tied for the best record (2-0). The team included Hall-of-Fame-bound Paul Molitor. Dick Bergquist was their manager.
Also see 1975 Intercontinental Cup (Rosters)