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1948 Amateur World Series
The 1948 Amateur World Series was the 10th Amateur World Series. It was held in Managua, Nicaragua from November 20 through December 12, 1948. The usually-powerful Cubans did not field a squad; in the wake of the integration of Organized Baseball, many top Cuban amateurs had been signed by MLB teams that had previously refused to sign the darker-skinned Cubans.
Dominican Republic won its only Amateur World Series title, going 8-1. Ramon del Monte goes 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA and takes home MVP honors. Manuel Caceres tied for the best average (.522) and most hits (12) while B. Arias tied for the most triples (2). Elias Farias led with 9 runs.
Puerto Rico went 6-1 in the round-robin but lost 11-1 and 2-1 to the Dominicans in the best-of-3 finals. They won their second straight Silver Medal. M. Ruiz tied for the most doubles (4) and most triples (2).
Guatemala placed 6th at 2-5.
Nicaragua fell from third in 1947 to 7th here at 1-6. They were initially managed by Cuban Juan Ealo but he was fired after a loss to Mexico. Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza took control of the team for the remainder of the tourney.
El Salvador finished last, going 0-7.