1961 Amateur World Series
The 1961 Amateur World Series was the 15th Amateur World Series. It was the only one held in Costa Rica, taking place in San Jose. It was held from April 7 through April 21, 1961. It was the first international tournament to feature a Cuban entry since the Cuban revolution.
Cuba won Gold, going 9-0, despite all the upheaval since their last title in 1953. They conducted mass tryouts in Havana to build the club, as the Cuban Serie Nacional had not yet been started and the Cuban Winter League had ended. They were managed by Sungo Carrera. Key performers were Mario Gonzalez (16 for 32, led the Series in average), Jorge Trigoura (.478), Pedro Chavez (.459, the tourney leader with 19 RBI and co-leader with 17 hits), J. Fernandez (.415, the leader with 20 runs and 5 steals and co-leader with 17 hits), José Miguel Pineda (2-0, 0.50, tourney leader in ERA) and Alfredo Street (3-0, 1.15).
Venezuela took home Bronze, going 3-1 in the first round and 3-2 in the final round.
Costa Rica did a better job than usual, perhaps benefting from home field advantage. They were 3-1 in the preliminary round before a 1-4 finals.
Guatemala went 0-5 in the finals after a 1-3 preliminary round.
El Salvador was last at 0-4.