Dodger Stadium established itself as an international venue in 1984 when it hosted the Olympics baseball competition. The eight-team competition averaged crowds of more than 48,000. The U.S. team, which was made up of college players such as future major leaguers Mark McGwire, pictured, left, Barry Larkin and Will Clark, won the silver medal. The Americans were defeated in the final by Japan, which included future seven-time Japanese league All-Star Yutaka Wada. Future Dodger pitcher Ramon Martinez pitched for the Dominican Republic. Cuba was part of the Soviet Union-led boycott and didn't participate. In later years, Dodger Stadium hosted the opening ceremonies of the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival and the World Baseball Classic.
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