1953 Caribbean Series

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The V edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1953. It was held from February 20 through February 25, featuring the champion baseball teams of Cuba, Leones de la Habana; Panama, Chesterfield Smokers; Puerto Rico, Cangrejeros de Santurce, and Venezuela, Leones del Caracas. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Estadio del Cerro in Havana, the Cuban capital.

Summary[edit]

Puerto Rico finished undefeated and won the title by going 6-0, outscoring their opponents 50 to 23. The Santurce club, who hit a collective .367 batting average and committed only two errors, was led by right fielder and Series MVP Willard Brown, who enjoyed one of the most productive offensive in tournament's history. Brown led the hitters in home runs (4), RBI (13), runs (8), doubles (3) and SLG (1,042), while hitting .417 (10-for-24). The pitching staff was anchored by Bobo Holloman (2-0), Cot Deal (2-0, one save) and Rubén Gómez (1-0, one save). In addition to Brown, shortstop/manager Buster Clarkson (.467 BA), 2B Jim Gilliam (.545, two HR), RF Bob Thurman (.474, .684 SLG) and 3B Víctor Pellot Power (.385, one HR) also contributed to the attack. Other players for Puerto Rico included CF Luis (Canena) Márquez, P José (Pantalones) Santiago and catchers Joe Montalvo and Valmy Thomas.

The Cuban team, who many considered a favorite before the start of the event, wasted home-field advantage and a solid lineup managed by Mike González to end in second place with a 3-3 record. The Habana team was led by RF Pedro Formental, who posted a .560 mark to clinch the batting title. Other contributions came from 1B Bert Haas (.360, two HR, .600 SLG) and 3B Lou Klein (.316, one HR, .579 SLG). Pitchers Bob Alexander and Mario Picone collected wins, while Carlos (Patato) Pascual dropped two of three decisions. Cuba included LF Sandy Amorós, 2B Spider Jorgensen, CF Bob Usher, P Adrián Zabala, and catchers Andrés Fleitas and Dick Rand, between others.

Panama was managed by Stanford Graham and finished 2-4 in third place. The Panamanian squad got fine work of CF Nat Peeples (.400, .733 SLG), as well as pitchers Humberto Robinson (1-0) and Pat Scantlebury (1-1, 11 strikeouts in three games). The team also featured players as IFs Frank Austin and Joe Tuminelli, C León Kellman, and OFs Bobby Prescott and Dave Roberts. Collectively, Chesterfield scored the fewest runs (18) and committed the most errors (10) in the Series.

Venezuela, with Martín Dihigo at the helm, finished in last place with a 1-5 record. The Caracas lone victory came from Charlie Bishop, who pitched a one-hit shutout in Game 5. Among others were Ps Jay Heard, Dick Starr, Lenny Yochim and Luis Zuloaga; C Guillermo Vento; IFs Chico Carrasquel, Pompeyo Davalillo, Piper Davis and Hank Schenz, as well as OFs Dalmiro Finol, Lloyd Gearhart, Milt Nielsen and Gale Wade.

Final standings[edit]

Country Club W L   W/L % GB Managers
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce 6 0   1.000  –    Buster Clarkson
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Leones de la Habana 3 3     .500 3.0   Mike González
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Chesterfield Smokers 2 4     .333 4.0   Stanford Graham
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Leones del Caracas 1 5     .167 5.0   Martín Dihigo



Individual leaders
Player/Club Statistic
Pedro Formental / CUB Batting average .560
Willard Brown / PUR Home runs     4
Willard Brown / PUR RBI   13
Willard Brown / PUR Runs     8
Pedro Formental / CUB Hits   14
Willard Brown / PUR Doubles     3
Pedro Formental / CUB Triples     2
Ten tied Stolen bases     1
Bobo Holloman / PUR Wins     2
Pat Scantlebury / PAN Strikeouts   11
Charlie Bishop / VEN ERA 0.00
Cot Deal / PUR
Pat Scantlebury / PAN
Saves     1
Bobo Holloman / PUR Innings pitched   17
Awards
Willard Brown / PUR Most Valuable Player
Buster Clarkson / PUR Manager


All-Star Team
Name/Club Position
Joe Montalvo / PUR catcher
Bert Haas / CUB first baseman
Jim Gilliam / PUR second baseman
Lou Klein / CUB third baseman
Buster Clarkson / PUR shortstop
Willard Brown / PUR left fielder
Nat Peeples / PAN center fielder
Pedro Formental / CUB right fielder
Bobo Holloman / PUR RH pitcher
Pat Scantlebury / PAN LH pitcher
Buster Clarkson / PUR manager

Scoreboards[edit]

Game 1, February 20[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Panama 0 1 0 1 0 2 2   6   7 0
Puerto Rico 1 4 3 4 3 0 0 15 14 0
WP: Rubén Gómez (1-0)   LP: Hisel Patrick (0-1)
Home runs:
PAN: None
PUR: Victor Pellot (1), Rubén Gómez (1)
* Game was called after seven innings due to time limit.

Game 2, February 20[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0   7   1
Cuba 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 X 10 12 2
WP: Carlos Pascual (1-0)   LP: Lenny Yochim (0-1)

Game 3, February 21[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 7 13 0
Venezuela 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 12 1
WP: Bobo Holloman (1-0)   LP: Dick Starr (0-1)   Sv: Cot Deal (1)
Home runs:
PUR: Willard Brown (1), Jim Gilliam (1)
VEN: Dalmiro Finol (1)

Game 4, February 21[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cuba 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 10 1
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   7 1
WP: Mario Picone (1-0)   LP: Pat Scantlebury (0-1)
Home runs:
CUB: Lou Klein (1)
Panama: None

Game 5, February 22[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 0
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
WP: Charlie Bishop (1-0)   LP: Peter Nicolis (0-1)

Game 6, February 22[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cuba 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 13 0
Puerto Rico 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 12 0
WP: Cot Deal (1-0)   LP: Carlos Pascual (1-1)
Home runs:
CUB: Bert Haas (1)
PUR: Willard Brown (2)

Game 7, February 23[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 13 2
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 14 1
WP: Cot Deal (2-0)   LP: Alberto Osorio (0-1)

Game 8, February 23[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cuba 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 14 0
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4   5 1
WP: Bob Alexander (1-0)   LP: Lenny Yochim (0-2)

Game 9, February 24[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2   6 2
Puerto Rico 2 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 X 9 13 0
WP: Bobo Holloman (2-0)   LP: Jehosie Heard (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: None
PUR: Willard Brown (3), Joe Montalvo (1)

Game 10, February 24[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 10 0
Cuba 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 11 0
WP: Humberto Robinson (1-0)   LP: Carlos Pascual (1-2)   Sv: Pat Scantlebury (1)
Home runs:
PAN: Bobby Prescott (1)
CUB: None

Game 11, February 25[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 0
Venezuela 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
WP: Pat Scantlebury (1-1)   LP: José Bracho (0-1)
Home runs:
PAN: Arthur Peeples (1)
VEN: None

Game 12, February 25[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 16 0
Cuba 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 3   9 0
WP: Roberto Vargas (0-1)   LP: Jocko Thompson (0-1)
Home runs:
PUR: Jim Gilliam (2), Willard Brown (4)
CUB: None

 

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Jefferson, Caracas, Venezuela: Impresos Urbina, C.A., 1987.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela – 1895-2006 . Caracas, Venezuela: Impresión Arte, C.A., 2007.

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