1945 Amateur World Series
|Dates||October 27 - November 18|
|Teams||6 (from 2 continents)|
|Venue||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Defending champions||Venezuela (1944)|
|Champions||Venezuela (3rd title)|
|Most Valuable Player||Héctor Benítez|
The 1945 Amateur World Series was the eighth edition of the tournament, presently known as the Baseball World Cup. It was contested by six different teams playing ten games each from October 27 through November 18 in Caracas, Venezuela.
The host Venezuelan team finished undefeated with a perfect 10–0 record, winning its second consecutive gold medal and third overall.
Colombia finished in second place with a 7–3 record and won Silver for its first Medal in Series History, while Panama went 6–4 for a Bronze Medal. It was also the first Medal for the Panamanians in the tournament.
Héctor Benítez of Venezuela earned Most Valuable Player honors after lead the batters in average (.526), hits (20), RBI (16) and runs scored (16). Teammate Luis Zuloaga was the top pitcher with a 4–0 record, while setting a Series record with seven consecutive win decisions. Other statistical leaders for Venezuela were Ramón Fernández, with 21 hits, and Luis Romero Petit, who stole nine bases.
Another well observed performance came from Panamanian catcher León Kellman, who was the only player to hit two home runs in the Series. Previously, in 1941, Kellman was the only player to homer in the Series.
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- Baseball World Cup History
- Historia de la Copa Mundial de Béisbol (Spanish)