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1953 Amateur World Series

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The 1953 Amateur World Series was the 14th Amateur World Series and ended a run when one was held every year or every other year; it would be eight years until the Series was reinstituted. The 1953 Series was held in Caracas, Venezuela from September 12 through October 9, 1953.

Flag of Cuba Cuba won the Gold, its last before the Fidel Castro era began (but far from its last of the Century). The Cubans were 11-1, sweeping Venezuela in the best-of-3 finals. Alfonso Suarez and Manolo Garcia each topped .400 while Antonio Suarez was 2-1 with a 0.87 ERA.

Flag of Venezuela Venezuela won Silver. They were 9-1 in the first round before getting swept in the finals. Venezuela was led by Dario Rubenstein, the tourney leader in steals (10) and co-leader in runs (16), on offense. On the mound, Andres Quintero went 4-0 and took home MVP honors.

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua took home Bronze with a 7-3 performance. O. Alvarado led in hits (18).

Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic finished 4th with a 7-3 record and they had the batting champ, Domingo Vargas (.455).

Flag of Panama Panama was 5th at 6-4. Their top performers were A. Castillo (the leader with 4 triples), Conrado Griffith (the home run leader with 2) and Leonard Cumberbatch, the co-leader with 16 hits.

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico finished 6th at 5-5. Félix Torres drove in 15 runs to lead the Series.

Flag of Colombia Colombia, Flag of Guatemala Guatemala and Flag of Mexico Mexico all tied for 7th with 3-7 records. Mexico's Manuel Estrada had the best ERA (0.00).

Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles finished 10th at 2-8. Juan A. Perez led the Series with 4 doubles.

Flag of El Salvador El Salvador was last at 1-9.

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman