Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum

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The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame was founded in San Francisco in June 1999 by Gabriel "Tito" Avila, Jr., as a way to honor the greatest Hispanic baseball players of all time. It is dedicated to recognizing the contributions made to baseball by Hispanic players. Since its inception the Museum Hall of Fame has honored 56 players, coaches, broadcasters, Negro Leagues Hispanic players and Pioneer Executives.

The initial inductees who were inducted at a banquet on February 23, 2002, were Orlando Cepeda, Tito Fuentes, Ted Williams, and Minnie Miñoso. In August 2002 The Museum Hall of Fame was featured at the California State Exposition (Cal-Expo). In 2005 the World Series-winning manager then of the Chicago White Sox, Ozzie Guillén, was honored at U.S. Cellular Field with the Museum's Hall of Fame Pioneer Award for being the first Hispanic foreign-born to win the World Series that year, against the Houston Astros. In April 2007 the Museum Hall of Fame was given a citation by the New York State Senate in Albany New York. On May 2007.On Saturday, June 23, 2007, former Giant Omar Vizquel, former Giant Matty Alou, and former New York Yankee Héctor López were honored during a home-plate ceremony at AT&T Park for their recent induction to the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum's Hall of Fame before a crowd of 43,000 fans at AT&T Park in San Francisco prior to a Giants and Yankees interleague game.

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame was invited to showcase the "Latino Legends" team and their memorabilia at the 2007 All-Star Fan Fest located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Latino Legends Team was an all-time all-star baseball team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in Major League Baseball. During the 2008 All-Star Game FanFest held at the Javits Center in New York City, the Museum was again invited by Major League Baseball to showcase their memorabilia along with the Chevy "Latino Legends" team.

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame partnered with Johnny Walker and Events Marketing Services to showcase exhibitions in Phoenix, Miami, Arlington, and Houston during the last couple months of the 2008 baseball season. In 2011, the Museum participated in its 5th All-Star FanFest which was held at the Civic Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona. During the FanFest, on July 9, 2011, The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame inducted Luis Gonzalez as its 47th inductee. The former Arizona Diamondbacks player is now a special assistant to the President of the Arizona Diamondbacks. On July 28, 2011, The Museum Hall of Fame had an exhibition at the new Yankee Stadium honoring the 6 living Hispanic Hall of Famers: Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparico, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and Tony Pérez at The New York Yankees Museum from July 27, 2011 to the entire 2013 season. The Museum Hall of Fame will participate in the Major League Baseball 83rd annual All Star Game Fan Fest July 2012 for its 6th consecutive year at the Bartle Hall Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Fanfest Joe Azcue was inducted into the Museum Hall of Fame as it's 55th inductee. Diego Seguí HHBMHOF was presented with the Pioneer Award.

On August 21, 2011, the Museum Hall of Fame inducted into its Hall of Fame former Texas Rangers star player Rubén Sierra at The Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, as its 48th inductee. Currently, the Museum Hall of Fame provides traveling exhibits to both National Major League baseball parks and Minor League baseball parks as well as a way to honor Hispanic players, coaches, managers, pioneer executives, and umpires.

The Museum Hall of Fame since 2007 awards its Pioneer Award to those players who have set the example as true pioneers of the sport. Since 2009 The Jose Uribe Sportsmanship Award has been awarded to a San Francisco Giants Hispanic player who best exemplifies the character and Sportsmanship of the late Jose Uribe, a former San Francisco Giants Shortstop from the Dominican Republic who was a member of the 1989 National League Champion San Francisco Giants who went on to play the Oakland Athletics during the earthquake-stricken World Series. The award is presented at the annual September Fiesta Gigantes at AT&T Park at the beginning of that evenings game. The First recipient of the award was former Giants Catcher Benji Molina in 2008, in 2009 the award was presented to 3rd Baseman Pablo Sandoval and in 2010 was presented to Center Fielder Andres Torres. In 2012 the award was presented to relief pitcher Javier López.[1]

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Inductee Nationality Year Location Position / Title
Sandy Alomar, Sr. Puerto Rico 2005 Shea Stadium, Queens, New York Second baseman & Coach
Felipe Alou Dominican Republic 2003 Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco Outfielder / First baseman & Manager
Matty Alou Dominican Republic 2007 AT&T Park, San Francisco Outfielder
Luis Aparicio Venezuela 2007 San Francisco Shortstop
Joe Azcue Cuba 2012 Kansas City, Missouri Catcher
Billy Berroa Dominican Republic 2005 Shea Stadium, Queens, New York Spanish language broadcaster
Bert Campaneris Cuba 2006 Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California Shortstop
Buck Canel Argentina 1999 San Francisco Spanish language broadcaster
René Cárdenas Nicaragua 2002 Minute Maid Park, Houston Spanish language broadcaster
Rod Carew Panama 2010 Anaheim, California First baseman & Second baseman
Orlando Cepeda Puerto Rico 2002 San Francisco First baseman
Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico 2010 Anaheim Outfielder
José Cruz Puerto Rico 2002 Minute Maid Park, Houston Outfielder
Julio Cruz United States 2004 Seattle Second baseman
Martín Dihigo Cuba 1999 San Francisco Pitcher & Second baseman
Alex Fernández Cuba 2008 Dolphin Stadium, Miami Pitcher
Tito Fuentes Cuba 2002 San Francisco Second baseman
Alfredo Griffin Dominican Republic 2004 Angels Park, Anaheim, California Shortstop
Lefty Gómez United States 1999 San Francisco Pitcher
Preston Gómez Cuba 2003 San Francisco Second baseman
Amaury Pi-Gonzalez Cuba 2004 AT&T Park, San Francisco Spanish language broadcaster
Luis Gonzalez United States 2011 Phoenix, Arizona Outfielder
Carlos Guillén Venezuela 2012 Comerica Park, Detroit Shortstop
Jaime Jarrín Ecuador 2003 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Spanish language broadcaster
Julián Javier Dominican Republic 2011 San Francisco Second baseman
Stan Javier Dominican Republic 2011 San Francisco Outfielder
Roberto Kelly Panama 2011 AT&T Park, San Francisco Outfielder
Tony La Russa United States 2008 AT&T Park, San Francisco Infielder & Manager
Al López United States 2006 Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida Catcher & Manager
Héctor López Panama 2007 San Francisco Outfielder & Third baseman
Juan Marichal Dominican Republic 2003 San Francisco Pitcher
Edgar Martínez Puerto Rico 2003 Safeco Field, Seattle Designated hitter
Minnie Miñoso Cuba 2002 U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago Outfielder
José Méndez Cuba 2006 San Francisco Pitcher
Orlando Mercado Puerto Rico 2004 Angels Park, Anaheim, California Catcher & Coach
Manny Mota Dominican Republic 2003 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Outfielder
Millito Navarro Puerto Rico 2006 The Francisco Coimbre Sports Museum, Ponce, Puerto Rico Outfielder
Jose Oquendo Puerto Rico 2013 O.Com Coliseum, Oakland, California Outfielder & Infielder
Tony Pérez Cuba 2001 Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco Third baseman & First baseman
Alex Pompez Cuba 2006 San Francisco Pioneer Executive
Felo Ramírez Cuba 2001 Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco Spanish language broadcaster
Jackie Robinson United States 1999 San Francisco Second baseman
Cookie Rojas Cuba 2011 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Outfielder & Second baseman
Luis Salazar Venezuela 2011 AT&T Park, San Francisco Outfielder, Shortstop, & Third baseman
Benito Santiago Puerto Rico 2012 AT&T Park, San Francisco Catcher
Juan Samuel Dominican Republic 2010 AT&T Park, San Francisco Second baseman
Diego Seguí Cuba 2006 San Francisco Pitcher
Rubén Sierra Puerto Rico 2011 The Ball Park at Arlington, Texas Outfielder
Tony Taylor Cuba 2004 San Francisco Second baseman
Mario Thomas Mexico 2010 Petco Park, San Diego Spanish language broadcaster
Dickie Thon Puerto Rico 2003 Minute Maid Park. Houston Shortstop
Luis Tiant Cuba 2002 Fenway Park, Boston Pitcher
Cristóbal Torriente Cuba 2006 San Francisco Outfielder, Infielder, & Pitcher
Alex Treviño Mexico 2003 Minute Maid Park, Houston Catcher
Fernando Valenzuela Mexico 2003 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Pitcher
Omar Vizquel Venezuela 2007 AT&T Park, San Francisco Shortstop
Ted Williams United States 2002 San Francisco Outfielder

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Spring 2008 News