1951 Caribbean Series
The 1951 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the third edition of the first stage of the Caribbean Series. It was held in Caracas, Venezuela from February 22 to February 25. The series was delayed two days due to heavy rain. The series featured four teams from Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Puerto Rican League won the series and were managed by Tubby Scales. The Most Valuable Player was Luis Olmo, an outfielder with the Cangrejeros de Santurce.
The Cangrejeros de Santurce won the Series despite losing the regular season of the Puerto Rican Winter League season to defending Series runnerup Caguas-Guayama. Adrian Zabala pitched the Havana Reds into the Series by beating the former champion Almendares club in the Cuban Winter League finale.
In the opener of the Caribbean Series, Jose Santiago beat Havana 13-1 to give Santurce a victory. Magallanes (the Venezuelan League champion) routed Spur Cola of the Panama League 10-2 thanks to a five-hitter by Clem Labine.
On February 23, Connie Johnson and Spur Cola beat Havana 12-2 and Santurce edged Magallanes 8-7 to remain the lone unbeaten team. Santurce edged Panama 4-3 and Bill Ayers held Magallanes to one run to give Havana a 9-1 victory.
On February 25, Jose Bracho allowed 5 hits and Magallenes beat Spur Cola 13-2. Zabala handed Santurce their lone loss, 4-3. Santurce rebounded later in the day by beating Magallanes 6-4 behind Santiago.
On February 26, Havana's Hoyt Wilhelm pitched a 4-hitter and beat Johnso nand Spur Cola 2-1. Santurce crushed Spur Cola 12-1 to wrap up the pennant behind Ruben Gomez. Havana then beat Magallanes 7-5 in the finale.
Luis Olmo was picked as the MVP. The Santurce OF hit .423 for the Series and homered twice in the finale; his three homers led the tourney and he drove in nine. Supporting him on Puerto Rico were Santiago (2-0 despite 15 BB in 18 IP) and Gomez (2-0), 1B George Crowe (.333, .667 SLG, 7 RBI), SS Stan Breard (.423, .577 SLG, 7 R, 8 RBI) and OF Bob Thurman (.364, .727 SLG, 6 R, 6 RBI). The club also had Hall-of-Famer Willard Brown (.250, .400 SLG) in the outfield.
Lazaro Salazar guided the Magallanes Navigators, who included Bracho (1-1), Clem Labine (1-1) and 1B Rene Gonzalez (.350, .750 SLG, a Series-leading 11 RBI). Johnny Davis (.278/~.536/.333) capitalized on a tourney-leading 10 walks to score six runs, the most for the team.
|Cangrejeros de Santurce||PRI Puerto Rican League||6||5||1||0.833||George Scales|
|Habana||CUB Cuban Winter League||6||4||2||0.667||Miguel González|
|Navegantes del Magallanes||VEN Venezuelan League||6||2||4||0.333||Lázaro Salazar|
|Spur Cola||PAN Panamanian League||6||1||5||0.167||Wayne Blackburn|
- Batting Average: .619 - Lorenzo Cabrera, Habana
- Home Runs: 3 - Luis Olmo, Cangrejeros de Santurce
- Runs Batted In: 11 - René González, Navegantes del Magallanes
- Wins: 2 - José Santiago, Cangrejeros de Santurce
|Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series)
|Most Valuable Player | Serie Interamericana | Confederación de Béisbol del Caribe|
|Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame|