Jesus Rangel


Sportsman of the Year 2002
Mr. Little League Baseball
1950's

Jesus "Chuy" Rangel, a long-time Laredo sports enthusiast, is the Latin-American
International Sports Hall of Fame (Salon de Ia Fama Latinoamericano del Deporte)
"Sportsman of the Year" for 2002.
The name Jesus Rangel is synonymous with baseball in Laredo and South Texas,
specifically Little League Baseball.
Rangel has been involved in Little League as a volunteer since 1959. He has been a
manager, coach, financial contributor, groundskeeper, fundraising leader and League
President. You name it and he has done it all for the youth of Laredo.
He started as a manager in the National Little League. He was looking for a team for his
son, Jesus Jr., to play on. Most of the teams had their rosters completed. He looked around
and found out the Day Lions Club needed a manager, he voltmteered and his son had a
team to play with.
In 1968, Rangel was a driving force to get a new league chartered in Del Mar. It was Jesus who wrote Williamsport,
Pennsylvania to apply for the Del Mar Chapter. He has seen the league grow to be one of Texas premier organizations
beginning with four teams to over 40 in different age groups. Over a thousand boys and girls team participate in the yearround
programs.
Rangel's dedication to Del Mar Little League hasn't gone unnoticed. The field where teams play their games bears his
name - Rangel Field.
In an interview with the Laredo Morning Times newspaper over 40 years ago, Rangel said that it was his dream "that one
day, he would see a Laredo Little League product make the baseball major leagues".
That dream became a reality, when Freddie Benavides, who started his baseball playing in Laredo's American Little
League became a part-time player with the pennant contender Cincinnati Reds of the National League under manager Lou
Piniella in the early 1990's.