Oct. 7, 2000
Pullman, Wash. - Former Cougar baseball player Mike Kinkade received a standing ovation from Cougar fans before the second quarter of the Boise State game Saturday for his part on the gold medal USA Baseball team.
Kinkade, accompanied by former coach "Bobo" Brayton and new WSU coach Tim Mooney, was the starting third baseman on the USA team that defeated Cuba 4-0 to clinch the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He is the fifth Cougar in Olympic history to win a gold medal.
Kinkade, who hails from Tigard, Ore., but now makes his home in Pullman, was an outstanding designated hitter for the Cougars during his college career, earning All-Pacific 10 North first team selection in 1993, 1994, and 1995, plus several All-American honors. He currently holds WSU records in career runs scored, hits, and doubles. Kinkade was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995, joined the New York Mets in 1998, and this past season was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. His last game action prior to the Olympics was August 27 in the outfield against Tampa Bay. Kinkade has batted over .300 in all or part of the past four seasons while playing numerous positions including catcher, first base, third base and outfield.
Kinkade joins fellow Cougar gold medalists Paul Enquist (USA, rowing, 1984), Julius Korir (Kenya, track & field, 1984), Kristi Norelius (USA, rowing, 1984), and Pete Rademacher (USA, boxing, 1956).