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1975 Caribbean Series

The XVIII edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1975. It was held from February 1 through February 6 with the champions teams from the Dominican Republic, Águilas Cibaeñas; Mexico, Naranjeros de Hermosillo; Puerto Rico, Vaqueros de Bayamón and Venezuela, Tigres de Aragua. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and was played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the first time in Series history, the designated hitter was adopted following the implementation of this rule by the American League during the 1973 MLB season.


1 Summary

1.1 Scoreboards

1.1.1 Game 1, February 1
1.1.2 Game 2, February 1
1.1.3 Game 3, February 2
1.1.4 Game 4, February 2
1.1.5 Game 5, February 3
1.1.6 Game 6, February 3
1.1.7 Game 7, February 4
1.1.8 Game 8, February 4
1.1.9 Game 9, February 5
1.1.10 Game 10, February 5
1.1.11 Game 11, February 6
1.1.12 Game 12, February 6

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The Vaqueros de Bayamón of Puerto Rico clinched the Series and were managed by José Pagán. The team won five games in a row before falling to the Dominican Republic in the closing game, 5–4. Leading the offensive charge was RF Ken Griffey, Sr., who won the batting title with a .500 average (12-for-24) and scored the most runs in the tournament (eight). Meanwhile, 2B Félix Millán batted .435 (10-for-23) for the second best in the Series, and 1B Willie Montañez led all hitters in runs batted in (11) and tied for the most home runs (2), earning Most Valuable Player honors. Puerto Rico also had a well-balanced attack on offense including C Ellie Rodríguez, 3B Art Howe, SS Sergio Ferrer (SS), and OFs Orlando Álvarez, Jay Johnstone and Jerry Morales. The pitching staff was headed by John Montague, who hurled a four-hit shutout, and Tom Walker and Tom Hilgendorf, each winners in their respective starts. Other pitching contributions came from John Candelaria, Ed Figueroa, Jaime Navarro and Carlos Velázquez.
The Dominican Republic and Mexico teams shared second place with an identical record of 3–3 and took home a consolation prize.
The Águilas Cibaeñas, managed by Al Widmar, were heavily favored to win the title, mostly because of its obvious offensive power and the stellar Pittsburgh Pirates’ double play combination of Frank Taveras (SS) and Rennie Stennett (2B). However, the pitching staff did not perform up to expectations, as is reflected in their run different