1951 Pan American Games

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The 1951 Pan American Games were the first Pan American Games. They were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from February 27 through March 6. Attendance was at least 4,000 for each contest with 8,000 turning out for the US-Cuba match.

Flag of Cuba Cuba went 6-1 to win the first of many Golds in the event. Juan Izaguirre tied for the most hits (13) while Angel Scull led in home runs (3, tied), RBI (14) and steals (4). Juan Ravelo (1-0) led in ERA (0.00). The tournament went down to the last game, in which Cuba beat the USA 8-1; both teams had come in with 5-1 records.

Flag of United States United States took Silver, despite sending the Wake Forest University team instead of a group of college All-Stars. Frank Wehner led the event with 13 runs and tied for the most homers, 3. Stanley Johnson led in record (3-0), strikeouts (25) and innings (30).

Flag of Mexico Mexico won Bronze at 5-2. Fernando Garcia led in average (.423).

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua and Flag of Venezuela Venezuela tied for fourth with 4-3 records. Venezuela's star was Israel Arredondo, who led in doubles (5) and tied for the most hits (13). Venezuela handed Cuba its only loss.

Flag of Colombia Colombia was 6th at 3-4.

Flag of Brazil Brazil was 7th at 1-6.

Flag of Argentina Argentina was last at 0-7.

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

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