1945 Amateur World Series
The 1945 Amateur World Series was the eighth edition of the tournament, later 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.
|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|
Both Cuba and Mexico boycotted the Series in protest of the events of the previous edition, when controversy surrounded the tournament regarding umpiring decisions, which had led to forfeits of games and general ill-will.
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 leading the hitter in batting 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 wins. 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.