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The 1930 Central American Games were the second international baseball tournament. Held from March 15 through April 15, these Central American Games took place in Havana. Like so much baseball in Cuba, this served a political end as president Gerardo Machado was trying to draw attention away from conflict.

Flag of Cuba Cuba repeated its success of 1926, with a 5-1 record under manager Rafael Almeida; their only loss was a 2-1 defeat to Mexico. Porfirio Espinosa batted .429 and led the tournament with 8 hits and Narciso Picazo went 2-0.

Flag of Mexico Mexico took a Silver with a 4-2 record. Francisco Torrijos and Jesus Torrijos tied for the lead with 5 steals apiece; both would still be active in Mexico 15 years later. Manuel Chávez led the Games with a .500 average.

Flag of Panama Panama got a Bronze with a 3-3 mark in its first international appearance. Jose Antadilla led with 3 homers while Ramon Ruiz led with 8 runs.

Flag of Guatemala Guatemala and Flag of El Salvador El Salvador both had inauspicious international debuts at 0-3.

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

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