Sunday, February 18, 2007

Latinos in The Baseball Hall of Fame

With the recent Hall of Fame election in Major League Baseball, I figured that I'd shed some light on the Latino baseball players and administrators that are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Though many Latinos have been playing in the Major Leagues since the early 1900's, it wasn't until the late 1960's that a Latino ballplayer was inducted into the Hall. Starting with the best, here is the current list (With Year of Induction and Latino Country of birth/heritage):

- Ted Williams (1966 Mexico via California)
- Roberto Clemente (1973 Puerto Rico)
- Martin Dihigo (1977 Cuba)
- Juan Marichal (1983 Dominican Republic)
- Luis Aparicio (1984 Venezuela)
- Rod Carew (1991 Panama)
- Reggie Martinez Jackson (1993 Puerto Rico via Pennsylvania)
- Orlando Cepeda (1994 Puerto Rico)
- Tony Perez (2000 Cuba)
- Alejandro "Alex" Pompez (2006 Cuba via Florida Negro Leagues)
- José Méndez (2006 Cuba Negro Leagues)
- Cristóbal Torriente (2006 Cuba Negro Leagues)

In the weeks to come, I'll be profiling all of these talented individuals that have reached the pinnacle of achievement for Major League Baseball. Any opinions, ideas, suggestions for future posts? Let me know.
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