1973 Intercontinental Cup

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The 1973 Intercontinental Cup was the first Intercontinental Cup and was held from September 1 through September 8, 1973 in Rimini and Parma, Italy. It was organized by the Federación Mundial de Béisbol Amateur.

Flag of Argentina Argentina finished last among the eight entries with a 0-7 record. They were shut out four times and allowed 10 or more runs five times.

Flag of Canada Canada tied for 4th at 4-3. Doug Simon led the event with 8 runs and was named best outfielder while Phil Lepage led with four doubles. They beat Puerto Rico, which finished second.

Flag of Italy Italy tied for 4th at 4-3. Their best win came over the #3 US squad. Vincenzo Luciani was named Italy's top player.

Flag of Japan Japan took home the Gold with a 6-1 record, losing only to the US, 1-0. Their staff allowed more than one run in only one game (vs. Italy). Hiroshi Naito led with 8 steals while Kojiro Ikegaya led with a 0.00 ERA. Toru Ugayama was named best infielder.

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua also was 4-3 and in fourth place.

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico got the Silver Medal with a 5-2 record, losing only to Japan and Canada. Nestor Morales led the tourney with four homers and 12 RBI and in slugging and was named MVP.

Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei went just 1-6 to finish 7th, their lone win over Argentina. Shin-Ming Tan was on the team.

Flag of United States United States claimed the Bronze at 5-2, losing to Puerto Rico (9-2) and Italy (6-5). Robert De Meo was named top catcher.

See 1973 Intercontinental Cup (Rosters)

Sources include Mercury, A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

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