Michael Neill

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Mike Neill’s remarkable baseball career included a stint with the Oakland As and ended with the Olympic Gold Medal team in the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. He was named Delaware Athlete of the
Year in 2000. Mike, a perennial All-Star in the Seaford Nanticoke Little League, played on five state championship teams, three of which went to the Senior Little League World Series. Mike was a
three-year starter at Seaford High School – a member of the Blue Jays 1986 state championship team. As a senior, Mike was named first team All-State First Baseman, MVP in the Blue-Gold All-State game
and Delaware Amateur Baseball Player of the Year. Mike was also an All-State basketball player. At Villanova University he compiled a .417 career batting average, led the Wildcats to the 1991 Big
East Conference crown and was named Big East Player of the Year. He established team records: 232 hits, 53 doubles and 379 total bases and several single season records. Mike won two minor league
batting championships and had a .307 batting average over 11 years. He was selected to four All-Star teams and was a key player in the Vancouver Canadians’ 1999 AAA World Series victory. He was
called up by the Oakland As in 1988 but was sidelined with an injury. Mike led the 2000 USA Olympics team to a 4-0 win over Cuba in the gold medal game with a first inning home run and a dramatic
sliding catch in the ninth inning. His walk-off homer against Japan won the team’s first round Olympic contest. During the 1999 Pan American Games he had the game winning hit to clinch the Olympic
berth for his USA team.

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