1977 Caribbean Series

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The XX edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1977. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Venados de Mazatlán; Puerto Rico, Criollos de Caguas and Venezuela, Navegantes del Magallanes. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at UCV Stadium in Caracas, Venezuela.

Summary[edit]

The Dominican team was represented by the Tigres del Licey and finished with a perfect record of 6–0. Managed by Buck Rodgers, the team received strong support from Series MVP Rico Carty, who led the hitters in runs (8) and RBI (10), while setting a new Series record with five home runs. Starters Ed Halicki and Odell Jones both earned two wins apiece, and Stan Wall led a bullpen that included Pedro Borbón, Rob Dressler and Ike Hampton. Other players included C Freddie Velázquez, IFs Bob Beall, Mario Guerrero, Ted Martínez and Rennie Stennett, as well as OFs Jesús Alou, Jim Dwyer, Rafael Landestoy, Manny Mota and Sam Mejías.

The Navegantes del Magallanes of Venezuela were managed by Don Leppert and finished second with a 3–3 record. LF Félix Rodríguez won the batting title (.522) and led the team in RBI (6), while receiving help from RF Mitchell Page (.381, two HRs, five RBI), DH Dave Parker (.346, one HR, three RBI) and 1B Cito Gaston (.300, four RBI). Other than SP Rick Reuschel (2–0, 0.50 ERA, two complete games) and RP Manny Sarmiento (1-0, 3.00 ERA), the pitching staff had an undistinguished performance. Also in the roster were Chris Batton (P), Bo Díaz (C), Jamie Easterly (P), Wayne Granger (P), Gus Gil (IF), Remy Hermoso (DH), Mike Kekich (P), Ken Macha (3B), Oswaldo Olivares (OF), Jimmy Sexton (SS), and Manny Trillo (2B).

Managed by Alfredo Ortiz, the Venados de Mazatlán represented Mexico and went 2–4 to end in third place. The most significant contribution came from LHP George Brunet, who was credited with the two victories of Mexico, a team that batted a paltry .218, including homers by 1B Héctor Espino and OF Jeffrey Leonard, while committing a Series-leading 14 errors. Other members of the roster were Mike Dimmel (OF), Rex Hudson (P), Max León (P), Bobby Treviño (DH) and Ron Washington (SS), among others.

The Criollos de Caguas of Puerto Rico finished last with a 1–5 record. Managed by Doc Edwards, the team batted a collective .253 average with five home runs and was outscored by their opponents 33–19, even though the roster was filled with Ps Mike Cuellar, Joe Henderson, Willie Hernández, Eduardo Rodríguez, Mike Krukow, Dennis Martínez and Ed Whitson; IFs Kurt Bevacqua, Julio González, Félix Millán and Eddie Murray; OFs José Cruz, Sixto Lezcano and Jerry Morales; C John Wockenfuss, and utilities Iván de Jesús, José Morales and Tony Scott.


Final standings
Club W L W/L % GB   Managers
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 6 0   1.000  –   Buck Rodgers
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela 3 3     .500 3.0   Don Leppert
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 2 4     .333 4.0   Alfredo Ortiz
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico 1 5     .167 5.0   Doc Edwards


Individual leaders
Player/Club Statistic
Félix Rodríguez / VEN Batting average .522
Félix Rodríguez / VEN Hits   12
Four tied Doubles     2
Three tied Triples     1
Rico Carty / DOM Home runs     5
Rico Carty / DOM Runs     8
Rico Carty / DOM RBI   10
Five tied Stolen bases     1
George Brunet / MEX
Ed Halicki / DOM
Odell Jones / DOM
Rick Reuschel / VEN
Wins     2
Rick Reuschel / VEN Strikeouts     8
Rick Reuschel / VEN ERA 0.50
Fernando López / MEX Saves     2
Rick Reuschel / VEN Innings pitched 18.0
Awards
Rico Carty / DOM Most Valuable Player
Buck Rodgers / DOM Manager


All-Star Team
Name/Club Position
John Wockenfuss / PUR catcher
Cito Gaston / VEN first baseman
Félix Millán / PUR second baseman
Ted Martínez / DOM third baseman
Mario Guerrero / DOM shortstop
Félix Rodríguez / VEN left fielder
Albino Diaz / MEX center fielder
Rico Carty / DOM right fielder
Rico Carty / DOM designated hitter
Ed Halicki / DOM RH pitcher
Stan Wall / DOM LH pitcher
Buck Rodgers / DOM manager


Scoreboards[edit]

Game 1, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
Dominican Republic 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 x 6 6 1
WP: Ed Halicki (1-0)   LP: Eduardo Rodríguez (0-1)
Home runs:
PUR: None
DOM: Rico Carty (1), Manny Mota (1)

Game 2, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Venezuela 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 x 4 9 2
WP: Rick Reuschel (1-0)   LP: Max León (0-1)
Home runs:
MEX: None
VEN: Mitchell Page (1)
Notes: Reuschel pitched a complete game shutout.

Game 3, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0   7 2
Dominican Republic 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 10 16 2
WP: Odell Jones (1-0)   LP: Rex Hudson (0-1)
Home runs:
MEX: None
DOM: Rico Carty (2)

Game 4, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 9 14 2
Venezuela 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 16 2
WP: Joe Henderson (1-0)   LP: Wayne Granger (0-1)
Home runs:
PUR: José Cruz (1), Kurt Bevacqua (1)
VEN: Dave Parker (1)

Game 5, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 o 1 8 2
Mexico 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 2 5 1
WP: George Brunet (1-0)   LP: Ed Whitson (0-1)   Sv: Fernando López (1)
Home runs:
PUR: Jerry Morales (1)
MEX: None

Game 6, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Pedro Borbón (1-0)   LP: Chris Batton (0-1)   Sv: Stan Wall (1)
Home runs:
DOM: Rico Carty (3)
VEN: None
Notes: Borbón (5 H, 5 K, 1 W, 6.1 IP) and Wall (0 H, 5 K, 0 W, 2.2 IP) pitched a combined shutout.

Game 7, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Puerto Rico 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
WP: Rob Dressler (1-0)   LP: Mike Krukow (0-1)   Sv: Stan Wall (2)
Home runs:
DOM: Rico Carty (4)
PUR: None

Game 8, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 2 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 9 10 3
Mexico 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 12 3
WP: Manny Sarmiento (1-0)   LP: René Chávez (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: None
MEX: Jeffrey Leonard (1)

Game 9, February 8[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 1 6 4 5 0 0 1 1 18 23 3
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2   4 13 5
WP: Ed Halicki (2-0)   LP: Fernando López (0-1)
Home runs:
DOM: Bob Beall (1)
MEX: Héctor Espino (1)

Game 10, February 8[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 3 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 9 13 3
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   4 4
WP: Rick Reuschel (2-0)   LP: Eduardo Rodríguez (0-2)
Home runs:
VEN: Mitchell Page (2)
PUR: Sixto Lezcano (1)
Notes: Reuschel pitched his second complete game.

Game 11, February 9[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 8 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 4 1
WP: George Brunet (2-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Fernando López (2)
Home runs:
MEX: None
PUR: Sixto Lezcano (2)

Game 12, February 9[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   7 1
Dominican Republic 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 x 5 11 1
WP: Odell Jones (2-0)   LP: Mike Kekich (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: None
DOM: Rico Carty (5), Jesús Alou (1)
Notes: With his fifth home run, Carty surpassed the record of four homers in the Series set by Willard Brown
in the 1953 edition.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Impresos Urbina, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Araujo Bojórquez, Alfonso. Series del Caribe: Narraciones y estadísticas, 1949-2001. Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • Figueredo, Jorge S. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878–1961. Macfarland & Co., United States.
  • González Echevarría, Roberto. The Pride of Havana. Oxford University Express.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.

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