1953 Amateur World Series
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.
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.
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. The team included future Hall-of-Famer Luis Aparicio.
El Salvador was last at 1-9.
See also 1953 Amateur World Series (Rosters)