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1974 Amateur World Series
Thr 1974 Amateur World Series was the second Amateur World Series staged by the short-lived Federación Mundial de Béisbol Amateur (FEMBA) but was kept on the books after FEMBA once again joined with the FIBA. The Series was held in St. Petersburg, FL, Clearwater, FL and Bradenton, FL from November 13 through November 24, 1974. Very few records for the event have been located.
United States took Gold at 9-1-1 as the host nation. The USA and Nicaragua played a game that ended in a 6-6 tie that was called because of darkness after nine innings - it was the only game of the tournament to be played at an unlighted ball park in Bradenton. Future major leaguers in the USA team included Steve Kemp, Ron Hassey, Marv Foley, Steve Davis, Dave Stegman, Barry Bonnell, Rick Cerone, Bob Shirley, Bo McLaughlin and Paul Hartzell. Future Angels farmhand David Coon was tied for the tournament HR lead with three round-trippers.
Nicaragua won Silver, going 7-0-1 in the first phase but losing two of three to the USA in the finals. Skeeter Jarquin led the tourney with 10 RBI while future major leaguer Porfi Altamirano led in ERA (0.50). Julio Cuarezma led in average (.470)
Colombia claimed Bronze at 5-3. P. Llamas tied for the homer lead at 3.
South Africa became the first African entry in an Amateur World Series and at least won one game, to finish at 1-7.
- A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman
- December 9, 1974 edition of Sports Illustrated
- November 25,1974 edition of the St. Petersburg Times