Baseball at the 1959 Pan American Games

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The 1959 Pan American Games were the first Pan American Games held in the USA and the third ever. They were held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL from August 27 through September 7. They were the only Pan Am Games (through 2011) won by Venezuela.

 Venezuela went 6-1 to claim the title. Jose Flores led the event with 3 triples while a M. Perez was 2-0 on the mound, as was 18-year-old Luis Penalver, about to embark on a 19-year minor league career, mostly in AAA.

 Puerto Rico won Silver, thanks to a 5-1 record. Irmo Figueroa led the competition in average (.500) while Carlos Pizarro had the most hits (12). R. Vazquez led in RBI (10) and tied for the home run lead with 2.

 United States won Bronze at 4-3; their 3-2 win over Cuba helped them lock up the Medal. An A. Hall, presumably Alan Hall, tied for the homer lead with two. Charles Davis had the best ERA (0.69). Future Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock was 1 for 10.

 Cuba had a very disappointing tourney, going 2-4 and failing to take a medal, a contrast with the upcoming Fidel Castro era teams that won 10 Pan Am Games Gold Medals in a row. Urbano Gonzalez hit .353 and Pedro Chavez was 5 for 9.

 Mexico was 5th at 3-2. Roberto Coto led the event with 5 doubles. Mauro Ruiz went 2-0, the only non-Venezuelan to post that record.

 Costa Rica had one of their best events ever, going 3-3 to finish 6th. They were followed by  Nicaragua (7th, 2-4) and  Dominican Republic (8th, 2-3).  Brazil pulled up the rear, losing all six of their games.

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