1965 Amateur World Series

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The 1965 Amateur World Series was held in Cartagena, Colombia from February 12 through February 27, 1965. It was the 16th Amateur World Series. The Cuban national team was denied a chance to defend its title as Colombia, then run by a right-wing regime, refused to grant visas to Cuba's players.

Flag of Colombia Colombia took advantage of the Cuban absence to win their second (and last) Amateur World Series. They went 9-2, going 7-1 in the first round and then topping Mexico in 2 of 3 during the finals. Luis de Arcos led the tournament with 12 runs.

Flag of Mexico Mexico got Silver. They were 7-1 in the first round before falling to Colombia in the finals. Jose Parcero led the event with 4 doubles while David Garcia tied for the win lead, with 3. On February 14, Garcia threw the second no-hitter in AWS history (the first was in 1947) - a perfect game against Guatemala.

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico won Bronze with a 5-3 record. Andres Cruz led the Series in average (.485), hits (16) and RBI (8). Efrain Contreras set an Amateur World Series record by striking out 19 against the Netherlands Antilles.

Flag of Panama Panama, Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic and Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua tied for 4th at 4-4. Panama's Urbano Camarena led in steals (5) while Nicaragua's Arturo Hudson led in ERA (0.00) and tied for the most wins (3).

Flag of Guatemala Guatemala was 7th at 3-5.

Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles was 8th at 2-6.

Flag of El Salvador El Salvador was last at 0-8.

See also 1965 Amateur World Series (Rosters)

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman