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1962-1963 Cuban National League

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The 1962-1963 season was the second season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The second Serie Nacional was won by Industriales, formerly Habana, who were managed by Ramón Carneado. The team defeated Orientales in a best-of-three playoff after both teams ended the season tied at 16 – 14. The newly rechristened team took on a similar identity to the professional league's Almendares club, having uniforms of the same royal blue color.

The league had a great deal of parity as third place Occidentales were one game back at 15 - 15 while last place Azucareros had a 13 - 17 record. Cuban national team manager Gilberto Torres assumed the helm of Occidentales after the ousting of Fermín Guerra.

Pacing the league in base-hits is Occidentales' Fidel Linares, with 36. Linares will be the father of two of Cuba's star players in the 1980s and 1990s, Omar and Juan Carlos Linares.

The first test of the Serie Nacional as a selection aid for the national team was at the fourth Pan American Games staged in late-April and early-May in São Paulo, Brazil. The team comprised, primarily of Serie Nacional players, won the tournament with a 7 and 1 record; the team's single lost was a 5 – 2 decision against México.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L WPCT GB
Industriales 30 16 14 0.533 -.-
Orientales 30 16 14 0.533 -.-
Occidentales 30 15 15 0.500 1.0
Azucareros 30 13 17 0.433 3.0

[edit] Playoffs

After Industriales and Orientales ended the regular season in a tie, a best-of-three series was played to crown a champion. Industriales won the series, 2 - 1.

[edit] All-Star Game

The first Juego de las Estrellas (All-Star Game) was held in Havana. In the game, Oriente defeated Occidentales by a score of 5 to 0. Oriente had 9 hits to Occidentales's 5, while the errors were 3 to 1 in favor of Oriente. The winning pitcher was Florentino Alfonso and the losing pitcher was Juan Medina.

[edit] Leaders

Bold indicates either wooden bat record or aluminum bat record (1976-1977 to 1998-1999), Italics indicate Serie Nacional record

[edit] Batting

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Batting Average Raúl González Occidentales .348 32 hits in 92 at-bats
Runs Scored Antonio González Occidentales 24
Base Hits Fidel Linares Occidentales 36
Doubles Jorge Trigoura
Rolando Valdés
Industriales
Orientales
7
Triples Antonio Jiménez Industriales 5
Home Runs Rolando Valdés
Miguel Cuevas
Orientales
Orientales
3
Runs Batted In Jorge Trigoura Industriales 20
Base-on-Balls Tomás Soto Occidentales 31
Intentional Base-on-Balls Raúl González Occidentales 6
Hit-by-Pitch Pedro Pérez (Garcia or Cueto?) Azucareros 6
Strikeouts Tomás Soto Occidentales 17
Sacrifice Hit Manuel Alarcón Orientales 7
Sacrifice Fly Tomás Soto
Urbano González
Occidentales
Industriales
3
Stolen Bases Antonio Jiménez Industriales 8

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Modesto Verdura
Manuel Alarcón
Azucareros
Orientales
7
Win-Loss Percentage Modesto Verdura Azucareros 0.875 7 - 1
Earned Run Average Modesto Verdura Azucareros 1.58 14 ER in 79.2 IP
Innings Pitched Modesto Verdura Azucareros 79.2
Games Pitched Rolando Pastor Industriales 15
Games Started Manuel Alarcón
Rolando Pastor
Orientales
Industriales
10
Games Relieved José F. Norat Industriales 11
Complete Games Modesto Verdura
Manuel Alarcón
Azucareros
Orientales
6
Shutouts Franklyn Aspillaga Occidentales 2
Hits Allowed Manuel Alarcón Orientales 62
Strikeouts Modesto Verdura Azucareros 55
Base-on-Balls Rolando Pastor Industriales 50
Intentional Base-on-Balls Modesto Verdura Azucareros 10
Hit Batters Orlando Rubio Industriales 5

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Modesto Verdura a pitcher with Azucareros. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Modesto Verdura of Azucareros.

[edit] Sources

Cuban National League Seasons
1962 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965 1965-1966 1966-1967 1967-1968 1968-1969
1969-1970 1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1973-1974 1974-1975 1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979
1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984-1985 1985-1986 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989
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