A Look at the Biggest International Baseball Upsets

Upsets are a wonderful part of the game of international baseball, and make for extra exhilaration. Take a look at the upsets that shocked sports fans!

The Biggest Upsets in the History of International Baseball


  • March 10th 2009: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic


There is no way that the 2 – 1 victory the Netherlands managed over the Dominican Republic can be overestimated. The latter was a team loaded with all-stars from the MLB, including Tejada, and the Dutch had not 1 player on the roster to match the skill of these great sportsmen, but they battled their way admirably to a not-so-embarrassing defeat regardless.


  • 2004 Quarterfinal at the Olympic Baseball Qualification: Mexico vs. USA


This game served to have the American team eliminated from competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics, with the Mexicans overpowering them with a final score of 2 – 1.


  • 1924 World Series: Washington Senators vs. New York Giants


The Senators defeated the Giants in a total of 4 games to 3. The Giants managed to clobber Big Train –Walter Johnson – in 2 starts, with the Senators losing both the games in which he started. They went on to win 3 of the four he did not, however, forcing a wonderful 7th game into extra innings.


  • 2000 Summer Olympics Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Cuba


The American team, in a match very similar to the one undergone by David and Goliath, with Cuba being the representative for the latter, beat the Cubans with a whopping score of 4 to 0. Tommy Lasorda, the Manager, sent Ben Sheets to the mound when the game began.


  • 1973 NLCS: New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds


The New York Mets defeated the Reds 3 games to 2. In the 3rd game, Pete Rose managed to take out Bud Harrelson, shortstop for the Mets, in order to break up a double-play. Rose, however, slid so far out of the path of the base that Harrelson punched him in the stomach, and this resulted in the worst brawl in the history of postseason baseball.

Sports betting fans who had backed  the underdogs saw incredible returns, proving once again why you should never just go with the favourites!


  • 2003 World Series: Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees


In the World Series of 2003, the Marlins managed to defeat the Yankees with 4 games to 2. Despite the fact that the Marlins’ payroll was a mere fraction of that enjoyed by the Yankees, they managed to stun the Bombers from the Bronx in 6 games, with these culminating in a 2-hit complete game shutout by Josh Beckett at Yankee Stadium.


  • 2006 ALDS: Detroit Tigers vs. the New York Yankees


Most baseball analysts agreed that the Yankees/Tigers ALDS match-up was a joke, and after the 1st game they seemed to be correct. However, Verlander, Rogers and Bonderman managed to frustrate the Yankees hitters in the next 3 games, and thus earned their place on the list of most shocking upsets.


  • 1996 World Series: Baltimore Orioles vs. LA Dodgers


The Orioles stunned the Dodgers in 4 games. Crafty pitchers McNally and Palmer totally out pitched the Dodger rotation, and the team from LA managed to score only 2 runs in that entire series, with the Orioles emerging with a total score of 4 games to 0.


  • 1969 World Series: NY Mets vs. Baltimore Orioles


Thanks to Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, the Mets managed a win of 4 – 1 against the Orioles in 1969, exceeding all expectations.


  • 1988 World Series: LA Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics


The Dodgers managed to take Game 1, thanks to an injured Kirk Gibson hobbling out of the clubhouse in order to slam a winning 2-run homerun at the bottom of the 9th in order to give the Dodgers a 5-4 advantage.