1954 Central American and Caribbean Games

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The 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games were held from March 6 through March 20, 1954 in Mexico City. For the first time, the Cuban national team did not play in a Central American and Caribbean Games, as MLB scouts had depleted the country's amateur talent pool considerably in the post-segregation era in baseball. As a result, only four teams participated, the smallest field since 1926.

Flag of Venezuela Venezuela took advantage of Cuba's absence to take Gold for the first time, going 5-1. Jose Matos of Venezuela led the tourney in average (.455), runs (9, tied for the most) and RBI (10, tied for the most). Dario Rubenstein tied for the most runs (9) as did Eladio Reveron, who also tied for the RBI lead (10). Primitivo Colina stole the most bases (4). Angel Guillen led in record (3-0) and ERA (1.29).

Flag of Mexico Mexico took home Silver at 4-2 as the host nation. Their top players were Alfredo Rios (9 R) and Ramiro Caballero, who tied for the most RBI (10). Carlos Duarte hit the most home runs (3).

Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic only went 3-3 but still got the Bronze.

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua lost all 6 of its games and was the only team that did not get a medal.

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

See also 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games (Rosters)

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