1981 Intercontinental Cup
Australia tied for last at 1-6.
Cuba went 5-2 in the first round and beat South Korea 9-1 to open the second, but lost 6-5 in 10 innings to the USA to fall to a Silver Medal. They were managed by Servio Borges. Luis Casanova led the event in average (.517), runs (12), hits (15), homers (6) and RBI (19), dominating the leaderboard. Casanova was named an All-Star outfielder and took home MVP honors in a losing cause. No other Cuban made the All-Star team, though Antonio Muñoz hit .429.
Dominican Republic was 4-3 in the first round, tying Canada for 4th place; like Canada, they beat Cuba. In the Bronze Medal game, they outlasted South Korea 4-3 in 15 innings. They had three All-Stars in 1B Victor Mercedes, 2B Orlando Guerrero and OF Junior Gelbal. Gelbal led the tourney with five doubles.
South Korea was 5-2 in the first round but 0-2 in the second round to finish fourth overall. Dong-won Choi led the tourney with a 2-0 record and was named an All-Star pitcher. Jae-bak Kim was named the All-Star shortstop.
United States went 5-2 in the first round then beat the Dominican Republic 5-3. In the finale, Ed Vosberg got the start and the USA went on to win 6-5 in 10 innings to win their second Gold in an Intercontinental Cup. They had no tourney leaders but several All-Stars in C Burk Goldthorn and DH John Russell.
Also see 1981 Intercontinental Cup (Rosters)