John Gall '00 Named to U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
July 16, 2008
NEW YORK, New York - Former Stanford outfielder John Gall '00 has been named to the 24-man roster of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team that will compete in Beijing, China, USA Baseball announced today. Gall becomes the seventh Olympian associated with the Stanford Baseball program, joining fellow players Doug Robbins '88 (1988 - Seoul), Ed Sprague '88 (1998), Willie Adams '93 (1992 - Barcelona), Jeffrey Hammonds '92 (1992), Rick Helling '92 (1992) and A.J. Hinch '96 (1996 - Atlanta). In addition, head coach Mark Marquess '69 skippered the '88 U.S. squad to Olympic gold in Seoul.
Gall enjoyed a prolific four-year career at Stanford from 1997-2000, and he is still the program's all-time career leader in hits (356), doubles (80) and RBI (263). The three-time First Team All-Pac-10 performer also ranks among Stanford's all-time leaders in batting average (3rd - .358), games (3rd - 251), at-bats (2nd - 1,027), runs (7th - 214) and home runs (T3rd - 46). Always at his best on the biggest stage, Gall logged a .357 average with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 31 career post-season contests - including 22 hits in College World Series action.
No stranger to international competition, Gall played two summers (1998 and '99) with Team USA. He hit .352 with two home runs and 29 RBI while wearing the Red, White and Blue in 1999, and he tied a Team USA single-game record with seven RBI in a 17-0 win over Mexico on July 23, 1999. During his first year of National team experience in 1998, Gall led the club with 52 hits, 15 doubles and 37 RBI, while also batting .371 with five homers. He also tied a USA Baseball single-game standard with three doubles during a 20-3 victory over Canada on June 10, 1998.
Gall is currently enjoying a stellar season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Florida Marlins organization. Through July 14, the 2008 Pacific Coast League All-Star was batting .321 with 27 doubles, 11 home runs and 71 RBI in 90 games. Gall has played in 33 Major League contests over parts of three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2005-06) and Marlins (2007), batting .245 with two homers and 11 RBI.
USA Baseball will make its first Olympic appearance since winning the Gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Games, and will be led by manager Davey Johnson. The baseball competition of the XXIX Olympiad will be played from August 13-23 in Beijing.