1969 Amateur World Series

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The 1969 Amateur World Series was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from August 15 through August 26, 1969. For the first time since 1942, the United States of America sent a team to an Amateur World Series. They advanced to the finals against Cuba, both clubs being 9-0. Before 20,000 fans (predominately pro-Cuba following a 1965 US invasion of the Dominican Republic), Cuba won a hard-fought 2-1 battle. Gaspar Pérez drove in Cuba's first run to tie the game and scored the second; he was not only the winning pitcher, but had clearly earned the win with his two-way play.

Flag of Cuba Cuba went 10-0. They scored at least 8 runs in every game except their win over Mexico (5) and against the USA (2). Servio Borges managed the squad. Owen Blandino hit .500 and was the tourney leader in average, runs (13) and hits (20). Fermín Laffita (.442) led all players with 3 home runs and 16 RBI and tied for the most triples (3). Gaspar Pérez was named MVP; he went 6 for 11 at the plate while having a 4-0, 0.35 record on the mound. He led all pitchers in wins.

Flag of United States United States won Silver at 9-1. Key hitters were Steve Greenberg (.263, 2 Triples, 1 Homer, 11 RBI), Allen Matson (.333, 9 RBI), Vince Adimando (.389), Chris Camack (.350), Joel Green (.320). They also had an impressive staff of pitchers: Larry Osborne (2-1, 1.31, 28 K in 20 2/3 IP) opened versus main rivals Cuba and Dominican Republic. Phil Keller (1.69) did it over the other major teams: Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Hank Bunnell (2-0, 0.00, 22k, 15 IP) didn´t have opposition in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Brantley Jones (1.29, 2-0, 18k, 14P) overcame Panama and Mexico.

Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic claimed Bronze with a 7-2 record. Gerónimo Rodríguez led the event with a 0.00 ERA.

Flag of Venezuela Venezuela was the only other winning team, at 7-3. Carlos Urriola stole 5 bases, the most in the Series.

Flag of Panama Panama, Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Flag of Colombia Colombia and Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua all tied for 5th with 4-6 records. Puerto Rico's Luis Mercado led in doubles (6) and tied for the most triples (3).

Flag of Mexico Mexico was 9th at 2-7. E. Ruiz tied for the most triples (3). E. Licón was remarkable despite a poor record (0-2) but he started against Cuba, USA and Colombia, posting a 2.75 ERA - 19 2/3 IP, 17 hits, 14k)

Flag of Guatemala Guatemala and Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles tied for last at 1-8. Guatemala's lone win was 1-0 over Mexico, the Antilles beating Guatemala 8-4.

Primary Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

Also see 1969 Amateur World Series (Rosters)