1956 Caribbean Series
The 1956 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the eighth edition of the first stage of the Caribbean Series. It was held in Panamá, Panamá from February 10 to February 15. The series featured four teams from Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Cienfuegos of the Cuban Winter League won the series and were managed by Oscar Rodríguez. The Most Valuable Player was Rafael Noble, a catcher with Cienfuegos.
Cienfuegos got a 2-hit shutout by Rene Valdez in game four against Chesterfield, a whitewash by Camilo Pascual in game five against Valencia and a fine outing by Pedro Ramos in the finale, a 4-2 clincher over Caguas, who had topped them in game three. Series MVP Ray Noble hit .400/~.654/.400 and drew 11 walks in the six games; also helping out were 2B Curt Roberts (.375, 6 R, .542 SLG), 1B Bob Boyd (.304, .522 SLG, 10 RBI), 3B Milt Smith (.261, 2 HR, .522 SLG) and SS Chico Fernandez (.286, .429 SLG, 10 R). Pascual (2-0, 10 H in 18), Gutierrez (1-0, 3 H, 10 K in 9 1/3) and Ramos (2-0) headed the staff.
Chesterfield hit a then-Series-record 12 homers, including five in an 18-0 rout of Valencia. Five guys hit multiple homers, led by 1B Elias Osorio (.286, .762 SLG, 3 HR). Don Elston (1-0) was their lone unbeaten hurler.
Caguas got fine pitching from Taylor Phillips (1-0, 9 H, 0 BB in 19 1/3 IP) while 1B Lou Limmer (.350, .850 SLG, 6 R, 8 RBI) and OF Ramon Maldonado (.348, .696 SLG, 8 R) led the offense. SS Felix Mantilla only hit .074.
Valencia got many poor performances, bottomed out by 1B Tommy Brown (2 for 25). Turk Farrell (1-1) allowed only 7 hits in 18 innings, but Ron Mrozinski (0-1) allowed 6 hits in 1 1/3 IP and Emilio Cueche (0-1) gave up 17 in 8 innings. Their 14 runs were less than half of any other team in the tourney.
|Cienfuegos||CUB Cuban Winter League||6||5||1||0.833||Oscar Rodríguez|
|Caguas-Guayama||PRI Puerto Rican League||6||3||3||0.500||Ben Geraghty|
|Chesterfield||PAN Panamanian League||6||3||3||0.500||Al Kubski|
|Industriales de Valencia||VEN Venezuelan League||6||1||5||0.167||Regino Otero|
- Batting Average: .400 - Rafael Noble, Cienfuegos
- Home Runs: 3 - Lou Limmer, Caguas-Guayama; Elías Osorio, Chesterfield
- Runs Batted In: 10 - Bob Boyd, Cienfuegos
- Wins: 2 - Camilo Pascual, Cienfuegos; Pedro Ramos, Cienfuegos
|Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series)
| Most Valuable Player | Serie Interamericana | Confederación de Béisbol del Caribe|
|Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame|