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1971 Caribbean Series

The fourteenth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) baseball tournament was played in 1971. It was held from February 6 through February 11 with the champions teams from Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Naranjeros de Hermosillo; Puerto Rico, Cangrejeros de Santurce, and Venezuela, Tiburones de La Guaira. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which boosted capacity to 18.000 seats. The first pitch was thrown by Bowie Kuhn, by then the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

SummaryEdit

Dominican Republic captured the competition with an undefeated record of 6-0, behind a strong effort by manager Manny Mota, who also led the Series hitters with a .579 batting average (11-for-19) and won Most Valuable Player honors. The pitching support came from Chris Zachary (2-0), Reggie Cleveland (1-0), and reliever Pedro Borbón (1-0, two saves). Other key players for Licey included Jim Beauchamp, Carmen Fanzone, César Gerónimo, Elvio Jiménez and Rafael Robles.

Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela shared second place with a 2-4 record.

Puerto Rico's team, managed by Frank Robinson, was a huge favorite to win the Series, thanks to a roster loaded with prominent players like Sandy Alomar, Don Baylor, Elrod Hendricks, Reggie Jackson, Mike Kekich, Buck Martinez, Jerry Morales, Tony Pérez, Juan Pizarro, but the team faded just after the first half.

For the first time, a representing team of Mexico took part in this tournament. Hermosillo was guided by Maury Wills and the offensive support came from Celerino Sánchez, who led the Series hitters in home runs (3) and RBI (9). Other noted players were Ed Acosta, Bobby Darwin, Héctor Espino, Francisco Estrada, Jim Ray, Sergio Robles, Vicente Romo and Zoilo Versalles.

Graciano Ravelo managed the Venezuela club, which was clearly led by Pat Kelly (.381 BA, 2 HR, .714 slugging) and Ángel Bravo (7-for-21, .333 BA), while Leo Cárdenas hit .409 (9-for-22) for an otherwise weak offense, bottomed out by Ed Spiezio (3-for-19, .158 BA), José Cardenal (4-for-22, .182 BA) and Enzo Hernández (6-for-23, .264). George Lauzerique (1-0, 1.64 ERA, 7 SO) was a high point in a pitching rotation headed by Larry Gura (0-1, 4.00), Steve Barber (0-2, 5.56) and Aurelio Monteagudo (0-1, 9.58). Orlando Peña (1-0, 3.00 ERA) provided a solid support in three relief appearances.


Final standings
Club W L W/L % GB
  Dominican Republic 6 0 1.000   –
  Mexico 2 4   .333 4.0
  Puerto Rico 2 4   .333 4.0
  Venezuela 2 4   .333 4.0
Individual leaders
Player/Club Statistic
Manny Mota/DOM Batting average .579
Celerino Sánchez/MEX Home runs     3
Celerino Sánchez/MEX Runs batted in     9
Teodoro Martínez/DOM Runs     9
Manny Mota/DOM Hits   11
Pat Kelly/VEN Doubles     2
Sandy Alomar/PRI Triples     2
Tony Pérez/PRI Stolen bases     2
Chris Zachary/DOM Wins     2
George Lauzerique/VEN Strikeouts     7
Chris Zachary/DOM Earned run average 0.56
Chris Zachary/DOM Innings pitched   16
Pedro Borbón/DOM
Chi-Chi Olivo/DOM
Saves     2
Awards
Manny Mota/DOM Most Valuable Player
Manny Mota/DOM Manager
All-Star Team
Name/Club Position
Sergio Robles/MEX catcher
Jim Beauchamp/DOM first baseman
Teodoro Martínez/DOM second baseman
Celerino Sánchez/MEX third baseman
Milton Ramírez/PRI shortstop
José Herrera/VEN left fielder
Manny Mota/DOM center fielder
Pat Kelly/VEN right fielder
Chris Zachary/DOM Pitcher
Manny Mota/DOM manager

ScoreboardsEdit

Game 1, February 6Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 12 0
Venezuela 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4   9 1
WP: Pedro Borbón (1-0)   LP: Steve Barber (0-1)   Sv: Don Shaw (1)
Home runs:
DOM: Rafael Robles (1), Freddie Velázquez (1)
VEN: Pat Kelly (1), Ed Spiezio (1)

Game 2, February 6Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 13 3
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 10 0
WP: Bob Chlupsa (1-0)   LP: Gary Ross (0-1)
Home runs:
PRI: Buck Martinez (1)
MEX: Celerino Sánchez (1), Zoilo Versalles 2 (2)

Game 3, February 7Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 8 10 1
Mexico 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 6 11 1
WP: Reggie Cleveland (1-0)   LP: Alfredo Ortiz (0-1)   Sv: Román Colón (1)
Home runs:
DOM: None
MEX: Celerino Sánchez (2)

Game 4, February 7Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 6 9 2
Puerto Rico 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 5 9 1
WP: Orlando Peña (1-0)   LP: William de Jesús (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: José Herrera (1)
PRI: Reggie Jackson (1)

Game 5, February 8Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 9 2
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1
WP: George Lauzerique (1-0)   LP: José Peña (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: José Cardenal (1), Pat Kelly (2)
MEX: None

Game 6, February 8Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 9 1
Dominican Republic 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 X 5 9 4
WP: Harry Parker (1-0)   LP: Joe Decker (0-1)   Sv: Chi-Chi Olivo (1)

Game 7, February 9Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 2
Dominican Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 4   7 2
WP: Chi-Chi Olivo (1-0)   LP: Larry Gura (0-1)   Sv: Pedro Borbón (1)

Game 8, February 9Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 7 10 2
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 5   9 1
WP: Manuel Lugo (1-0)   LP: Rubén Gómez (0-1)   Sv: Gary Ross (1)
Home runs:
MEX: Celerino Sánchez (3)
PRI: None

Game 9, February 10Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 2
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 X 5 10 0
WP: Chris Zachary (1-0)   LP: Maximino León (0-1)

Game 10, February 10Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 0
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2   8 0
WP: Mike Kekich (1-0)   LP: Steve Barber (0-2)   Sv: Roger Moret (1)

Game 11, February 11Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 13 2
Venezuela 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2   6 0
WP: Jim Ray (1-0)   LP: Aurelio Monteagudo (0-1)

Game 12, February 11Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 15 2
Puerto Rico 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4   4 0
WP: Chris Zachary (2-0)   LP: Dave Leonhard (0-1)   Sv: Chi-Chi Olivo (2)
Home runs:
DOM: None
PRI: Arsenio Rodríguez (1), Elrod Hendricks (1)

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  • 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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