1951 Amateur World Series
The 1951 Amateur World Series was the twelfth Amateur World Series, the predecessor to the Baseball World Cup. It was the only Amateur World Series ever held in Mexico, taking place in Mexico City. The Series was played from November 1 through November 19, 1951.
Cuba fared well in the preliminary round, going 9-1 with a one-run loss to Puerto Rico. Venezuela also was 9-1, followed by Puerto Rico (7-3) and the Dominican Republic (7-3). Failing to advance to round two were Nicaragua (6-4), Costa Rica (5-5), Panama (5-5), Colombia (4-6), Mexico (2-8), Guatemala (1-9) and El Salvador (0-10).
In the final round, Puerto Rico went 3-0 to win the gold medal. Venezuela claimed the silver with a 2-1 mark, while Cuba was a disappointing 1-2; both losses were by 7-6 scores. The Dominican Republic was 0-3 in the medal round.
Bert Bradford of Nicaragua led the tourney with a .481 aveerage and 25 hits, while the Dominicans had the top home run threat, Walter James, with 3. Puerto Rico's Sotero Ortiz led in runs (21) and stolen bases (10) while teammate Ramon Maldonado hit 8 doubles, the most. Overall, available statistics from this tournament are quite limited.