LAISHOF 41st Annual Induction Banquet

Schedule of Events


 

6 - 7pm   Social Hour
Welcome   Andres Ramos, Jr. / President
Invocation   Father Paul Frey
Presentation of Colors   Nixon High School
National Anthem   Aly Sanchez
     

Induction Ceremony

   
Guillermo “Memo” Treviño   Sportsman of the Year
Roberto Garza   Football
McFarland High School   Cross Country
Hector Noyola   Boys & Girls Club Director
Dr. Jane Cigarroa Unzeitig   Mountain Climbing
William “Willie” Valls   Track
Manuel Hinojosa   Sports Ambassador / Museum
Gabriel Lugo Morales   Beisbol
     

Awards & Recognitions

   
Monica Pastrana,
Adriana Gonzalez de Rodriguez+
& Karina M. Villarreal+
  David Montes Inspiration Award
Carlos “Chale” Peña   Special Recognition
     

Sports Excellence UISD

   
Superintendent   Roberto Santos
Director of Athletics   Bobby Cruz
     

Sports Excellence LISD

   
Superintendent   Dr. Marcus Nelson
Director of Athletics   Sylvia Barrera
     

St. Augustine High School

   
Superintendent   Dr. Rosa Maria Vida
Athletic Director   Rodrigo Romo
     
Dario Hinojosa Award Presenter   Felix Velasquez
Closing    

 

2015 Inductees

Dr. Alfredo Trevino

For Dr. Alfredo Trevino, challenge and adventure have led his interests in both tennis and medicine, which he sought specifically for the test of his own skills and capabilities. At a very young age, teachers,

Family and friends knew that medicine was his career goal and it carried on to his alma mater at Martin High School in Laredo, Texas where he took on the challenges found in the popular sport of tennis. He found tennis to be fun and it also opened up many valuable opportunities of which he took advantage to the fullest. In the field of medicine, Trevino aimed to be a general practitioner, however, he learned early on that he preferred to pursue ophthalmology. Perhaps, because of his younger years when his car mechanic father taught him, becoming an ophthalmologist was the natural course to follow. Today, he stands assured that he made the right choices and continues his practice in the hometown that offered him so many opportunities for service and success.

Along with his Air Force military service, Trevino went on to obtain many honors from such organizations as Doctors Hospital, Rotary Club and the National Tennis League. Among his most notable honors is that of becoming the first Hispanic President of the United States Tennis Association – Texas (2011-2012). His community service is unyielding providing great opportunities to such organizations as Laredo Boys and Girls Club, St. Augustine High School, Laredo Border Olympics and Laredo Tennis Association. For his Latino community of Laredo and Webb County, Dr. Trevino remains directly involved with any team, school or service group seeking to provide as many scholarships to students as possible in an effort to keep the momentum of desiring to obtain an education. Hope and dedication is offered from both ends of the funding spectrum as providers see hope of their investment and recipients see the dedication required for success.

Dr. Trevino, from the onset, helped pave the road for future Latinos in the field of tennis when in the beginning of his young tennis career there were few teammates representing Hispanics. Although he did not personally experience any harsh or direct discrimination for being Hispanic, he did see the need to promote the sport among the Latino community whenever possible. Dr. Trevino’s advise for the future generations of Latinos is that one must be prepared. Mental preparation, as with any sport, is one that requires specific types of training and you can only find the type of training you need through an educational institution. Therefore, one must take any opportunity given, both big and small, to journey their way through to a future that is set to take on the new leaders and we must all strive to be among those leaders.


Manuel "Manolo" Range (2011)

A proud Mustang of the J. W. Nixon High School Class of 1982, Manuel Rangel continues to serve his community with the passion and stamina that he delivered as the Nixon High School Varsity Basketball Team Captain during his senior year and through it all.

As a dedicated family man, Rangel admits that his parents Jose and Maria Rangel, along with the rest of his family, are all proud of his accomplishments yet he points out that it was through the training and discipline taught by these faithful Catholic role models that he was able to reach such heights. Growing up, Rangel remembers, our responsibility was to try our best. The end goal was not only to win but also to do your best and enjoy the game.

Upon graduation, Manuel continued his academic pursuits at the University of Texas in Austin, proudly joining the Class of 1986. He continues to serve the community as a dedicated leader and offers his volunteer services to youth sports such as High School Scorekeeper for both LISD and UISD Basketball. He has led as Board of Director for Border Olympics and annually holds the management position for the Del Mar Little League Junior/Senior Division. In 2011, Rangel managed the PONY 14U Division leading them to the World Series Championship in Washington, PA. Laredo and the Latino community will forever retain the memories of achievement, hope and dedication that remain in the hearts and minds of those who lived it.

As a Latino role model, Rangel directs his attention to his upbringing which stipulated that one serves the community by giving back in honor of those who provided for us in some way, shape or form. Manuel insists that we must take action and be an example of good teamwork and cooperation and avoid the negative mentality of selfishness. Life demands action, Rangel advises, and we all have an obligation to give back through actions and more specifically, through positive actions. He adds, “The truth of the matter is, I love coaching and teaching. No one does it for long or very well if they don’t love doing it in the first place.” Do what you love, he recommends; follow your passion.

For future generations, Rangel advises to be prepared, specifically to be prepared through education. All should aim to attend college and continue going as far as you can. We must always strive for more, he claims, but not in a selfish way. Rangel states, “The future is there for all to claim, but we must be prepared to receive what it has to offer.” In other words, the key to success and happiness is based on the training and it is this training that Rangel knows best as a child from a strong, disciplined culture that is the legacy we celebrate and honor today. Remembering our roots and those who paved the way before us so that we may have what we have today is important, Rangel points out, for continued progress.


Herberto Hinojosa (1960's-70's)

Herberto “Herbie” Hinojosa , multi-stakes horse racing jockey in North America was born in Brownsville, Texas and started racing horses at the young age of eight. Once the leading stakes rider in the world, he was in three Triple Crown campaigns.

 

At the 1961 Belmont Stakes he outran the Kentucky and Preakness winner “Carryback”. In the 1974 Preakness Stakes, he was second ahead of “Cannonade” whose prior win was the Kentucky Derby and in 1978, he was fourth behind “Affirmed,” the last Triple Crown winner. Hinojosa won races over top winning jockeys such as Willie Shoemaker, Johnny Longdren, Bill Hartack and Eddie Arcaro in top stakes races throughout his career. In his latter years, of racing, Hinojosa would mentor apprentices that became jockey stars like Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron and Julie Krone.

He also won races for Roy Rogers, Cliff Robertson and Audie Murphy during his Quarterhorse tour of the west coast. Hitting four homeruns in a game is a major feat to accomplish in sports and equivalent to winning six races in a single card. Herbie did it more than twice in his career. He was a multiple graded stakes winner who became the 31st North American jockey to reach his 3,000th win in 1981. He had 25,160 career starts, winning 3,334 coming in second 3,349 and third 3,246 times with total earnings of $17,962,176.

These numbers did not include his prior ten years of racing Quarterhorses in the Southwest tracks of New Mexico, Arizona and California where he became the leading rider of the State of New Mexico. In 1963, Hinojosa’s yearly earnings were greater than football’s Jim Brown; basketball’s Wilt Chamberlain; golfs Jack Nicklaus and baseball’s Mickey Mantle. After riding for fifty years and experiencing every race track in the United States and Canada, Herbie returned to his hometown of Brownsville, Texas.


Ernesto Uribe

The journey of Ernesto Uribe begins with his birthplace in Hebbronville, Texas and leads to the beginning of his sporting career on the track team at Raymond and Tirza Martin High School in neighboring Laredo where he was raised and taken under the wings of great mentors.

 

Ernesto attributes his success to coaches and brothers Johnny and Alfonso Valls who, along with Col. Oscar Hein and Coach Albert Ochoa, guided and inspired his pathway to college after graduation in 1956. Good fortune followed through his collegiate passage as roommates and coaches continued to further help him attain two undergraduate degrees (Agriculture Education and Journalism) and then a Masters in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Here also, with the beginning of his college freshman year, he dated his future wife Sarah Meade who was from Laredo Martin as well and married in 1959. The legacy left by Uribe is that of lettering in both high school track and football where the Valls brothers coached and trained the potential they saw in this young man and who Ernesto attributes his success to for their dedication and preparation time invested in him. Entering Texas A&M College with a full athletic scholarship landed Uribe in the Aggie varsity track team where he ran all hurdle and sprint events and surprised the coaches by beating all but one upperclassman. Uribe has always considered himself a team player, and it is this discipline and training that has instilled in him the appreciation for those who have taken the time to educate and motive the younger generation. Through inspiration and motivation, Ernesto claims, leaders such as Coach Ochoa offer hope and encouragement for a college future.

A thirty-year career trek lists national and international workforce skills and experiences from around the world in various capacities in International Communication and Diplomacy. Uribe possesses in-depth knowledge of all media relations, public relations and is a Latin American specialist founded on his extensive field experience in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Uribe recalls many bosses who were wonderful mentors and who offered their time guiding him through the intrigue and challenges of his career. He attributes his good fortune along the way to ‘someone up there watching” over him. Now retired, Uribe has amassed an interesting collection of novels, journals and other publications, many of which address Hispanic culture and academic patterns of behavior when choosing a college.

Uribe is well aware of the trends and patterns that are being set up for the future that anticipates the turning tides of the Hispanic American leading the nation as a political majority being aggressively courted by both Democratic and Republicans willing to invest academic funding sources for the future Latino votes. Primarily, because of this current state of affairs among our culture and relations with others, it is essential that the future generation must prepare with an education or any kind of training. All kinds of skills are necessary, Uribe notes, for the future generation of Latinos and all cultures of the melting pot of America.


Carlos Treviño

An example of a sports career that is directly tied into the premise of our organization is that of sports historian Carlos Trevino who has been dedicated to preserving and reporting for posterity.

In essence, the legacy of Trevino is that he was in the front lines of recording many of those hall of fame recipients that we have honored and continue to honor. Specifically, he has provided a large portion of the history that we strive to retain for ourselves and, curiously, he has unknowingly supplied himself as an active and proud historian. Trevino took on a big plate in choosing to cover Texas and New Mexico sports throughout his career, but then it seems befitting for a dreamer with big dreams. Without proud pioneers like him, we would today be without much of the history that has been preserved because of stewards like Trevino.

For many Latinos, Carlos is a role model for those who want to follow their passion. He has experienced the struggles and challenges of the world of sports first hand and served as a beacon of experience for all those willing to commit their time in any way. His invaluable service is one that cannot be measure for it influence and effect on today’s generation. As with most leaders, their legacy is one that passes the test of time. It is through this recognition and honor bestowed to Mr. Trevino that we aim to preserve him and all his contributions to sports. The journey comes full circle through our acknowledgement that it is time to honor those who have honored us with their coverage throughout their careers.

We stand assured that our commitment to conservation of the past will always be thankfully carried on by those future generations that Trevino has touched throughout his life.


Jose Lothario

Jose Lothario born Guadalupe G. Robledo on December 12 1934 in Torreon Mexico. Jose is one of 8 children born to his parents. At the age of 9 he was kicked out of his home and forced to live on his own on the streets of Torreon. Jose learned at a very young age that he would have to take care of himself. Learning how to work odd jobs the streets became a way of life.

Jose had become friends with some wrestlers that had suggested to him that he begin training to be a boxer. After several years of boxing his weight and growth was too big for the boxing level he was at so a friend had suggested that he transfer to learning to wrestle and that is where it all began. Wrestling in Mexico drew attention of promoters in the United States wanting to bring in the Hispanic wrestlers. In 1956 Jose began traveling back and forth between the US and Mexico. Gaining in popularity the promoters asked Jose to consider staying in the United States to travel all throughout the country. Jose lived first in Arizona then moved to California for a few years, then moved to Florida where he met his wife Jean. After a couple of years in Florida Jose was approached about a new promotion in Texas, therefore moving him to San Antonio Texas where he still lives. Jose continued his wrestling career as well as taking on the roll of promoter for South Texas and booking venues for World Class Championship Wrestling. During this time it allowed him the opportunity to travel to Laredo Texas nearly every other week for over 10 years. During the 10 plus years that Jose headlined countless main events in Laredo, he was extremely instrumental in helping The Laredo Noon Optimist Club raise significant amounts of funds that were distributed by The Club to various youth oriented charities throughout the community. From the youngest wrestling fan to the oldest senior citizen – Jose was a sports icon who was loved and adored by wrestling fans throughout Laredo. Throughout the years Jose visited Laredo, he would always make time to help The Optimist Club and their constant desire to raise money to help the youth of Laredo. Jose never forget about Laredo and Laredo will never forget Jose!

Jose enjoyed over 40 years in the professional wrestling world as wrestling has always been in his blood, he also trained some of the best known wrestlers like Gino Hernandez, The Von Ericks and Shawn Michaels. Wrestling was the greatest career for Jose to have, not only did it afford the opportunity to travel the world it also provided him the opportunity to help others and use his popularity to bring awareness or help raise funds for many of charities and non-profit organizations. Jose currently still lives in San Antonio with his wife of 45 years and spends his time with his 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Olaf Heredia

To be considered a legendary goalkeeper, it is believed that one is more than an effective shot-stopper and a perfect physical specimen.

 

For many, legends are ones that are inspirational and who serve to reassure their team that they can afford to take chances or suffer missteps knowing that they have a dependable backup. It is the legends that rise to the occasion and pledges to fans and their countrymen that they will block the shot and not allow to be scored upon. For Olaf Heredia, his success, influence and inspiration has reached beyond borders and culture and has won more than titles and prizes but the hearts and minds of his peers, fans and followers. Heredia, born Carlos Olaf Heredia Orozco in Apatzingan, Mexico, is the fifth of seven children and remains the pride of many Latinos who have followed his career with the Pumas (1978-1984), Tigres (1984-1987), Morelia (1978-1990), Cruz Azul (1990-1993), and Santos Laguna (1993-1997).

Among the most outstanding of his career is that of playing in the FIFA World Cup for Mexico in 1986. Olaf Heredia is among the great Latino role models such as Luis de la Fuente and Andres Guardado who set the standards for the future generations of athletes. As the most popular sport in the world, soccer has had a great impact on the United States primarily attributed to the growing majority of political Latino markets becoming more involved with Major League Soccer.

Olaf, among the known and unknown, is one who will continue to serve as a great source of inspiration for generations to come and it is appropriate that he is honored and recognized during this special 40th anniversary when we unite to remember and preserve all memories of leaders before. All symbolize the levels of fitness and dedication that sportsmen like Heredia endorses and that is of practice and training, which is what leads to success.

2014 Inductees

Chris & Eddie Canales

A true hero is one who gives of themselves to help others, one who is compassionate, selfless and puts others needs before their own.

 

Chris Canales, co-founder of Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, is one such hero. Since its inception in 2003, Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation has helped countless athletes whose athletic careers were cut short due to a devastating injury few talked about and far too many had seen. For Canales and his family, this issue was far too important to ignore.

On November 2, 2001, Chris Canales, a senior defensive back playing for San Marcos Baptist Academy, sustained a spinal cord injury during the fourth quarter of his final regular season game. Chris lay motionless on the field for 19 minutes. The next three weeks, Chris fought for his life. The following months he battled through rehabilitation trying to gain movement and learning how to function as a quadriplegic. Chris’ injury and the lack of any organized support system for families prompted his father, Eddie Canales, the Canales family, and former coach Mike Kipp to begin discussions about the desperate need for an organization for families who were forced to deal with the consequences of this devastating injury. In November of 2002, Chris and Eddie were in attendance at the Texas 3A State Championship football game in the Alamodome, in San Antonio. There they witnessed another spinal cord injury. This time it was Everman defensive back, Corey Fulbright. Chris turned to his Dad and said, “We need to go and help them. I know what he (Corey) is going to go through, and you know what the family will have to go through.” Inspired by the compassion of Chris, Eddie and Mike Kipp formed Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. Articles of Incorporation were filed in February of 2003, and a 501(C) 3 Tax exempt status was obtained in May of the same year. Through a grant written by Eddie & his dad, Coach Robert M. Canales, funds received helped kick-off its first year.

Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation’s mission is clear, to provide immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.

As word spread of this inspiring and unique non-profit organization, more and more athletes reached out to this organization for help. Now, Gridiron Heroes reaches out to help victims nationwide. There have been others who suffered this similar injury in the past. Unfortunately and inevitably there will be more. Rest assured that Gridiron Heroes will be there for the next family who finds themselves in this life-changing situation. 


Mario Garcia

Call him the "Duke of the Diamond".

When the Laredo Times crowned Mario Garcia the 1974 High School Batting Champion, little did anyone know that the Nixon High School standout would bring home-run glory to the community, leading the Alexander High School Bulldogs Baseball team to 12 winning seasons, culminating in impressive district, regional and state recognition.

For Garcia, it’s a combination of the love of the game, the challenges of coaching and the joys of working with youngsters that drives him. Prior to becoming Alexander’s head baseball coach. Garcia taught at what is now Laredo Community College, the Laredo Job Corps Center and United High School, instilling in his students the same dedication and discipline he teaches on the diamond. While baseball remains his first love, Garcia also served as an assistant football coach at Lamar Middle School, United High School and Alexander High School, before taking on the reins of the Bulldogs’ baseball program in 2008.

Under his leadership, the Bulldogs have become perennial championship contenders, most recently as the 2013 5A State Region IV Quarterfinalists. In 2011 and 2012, the Bulldog Baseball Team earned back to back trips to the 5A State Regional IV Finalist “Elite Eight” division. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Bulldogs also made consecutive appearances in the State Playoffs as District Finalists. All told, Garcia holds a record of 257-career baseball wins, as well as multiple designations as Coach of the Year for the All District and All City Teams for six years.

As numerous as the awards, titles and accolades are, Garcia considers his greatest accomplishment to be watching his players succeed on and off the diamond. The championship runs have made the youngsters more focused and dedicated in their post-high school endeavors. While many have found success in the collegiate diamond, others have gone on to graduate from college and prosper in their own right. Whatever path these baseball players may take, they know that home plate bears the name of Mario Garcia.


Linda Alvarado

Linda Alvarado

First Latina owner of a MLB team and an industry leader in the field of construction, Alvarado proves that with perseverance, anyone can accomplish the impossible.

 

Truly a pioneer for women everywhere, Alvarado has made a significant impact in an otherwise male dominated world, taking on gender-bending roles that have converted this minority into one of the most successful business entrepreneurs in her industry. Her story serves as an inspiration to women and Latinos everywhere. Growing up in a low-income household in a family of six children, Alvarado learned early on the value of hard work. She worked her way through school and in 1969 began working part-time in construction sites, taking on a male dominated industry. Her hard work and dedication, slowly earned her the respect from her male colleagues, despite her gender and ethnic background.

Tired of being harassed and discouraged to pursue her passion, long considered a “man’s job”, Alvarado set out to prove she had what it takes to succeed. In 1974 she borrowed money from her parents to start her own company. Armed with a business plan and will to do the “impossible” she started up her own construction business, which she slowly grew from the ground up, despite all odds. Now, a powerhouse in her field, Alvarado has built more than 60 multi-million projects around the world and continues to be one of the top leaders in the industry. Alvarado is founder and sole owner of Alvarado Construction, a commercial general contractor, construction management and design/build firm in Denver, Colorado; President of Palo Alto Inc., and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.

In 1992 Alvarado made history as the first Latino (male or female) owner of a Major League Baseball team, the Colorado Rockies. This also marked the first time a woman was in a bid for ownership of a major league franchise. Alvarado, along with her husband, Robert, founded Palo Alto Inc. which operates 150 franchise restaurants. Alvarado set the standard high for young women everywhere and serves as an inspirational role model. Her message, “if it’s never been done, then it is possible to do” keeps her at the top of everyone’s list of most influential and inspiring Latinos.


Frank Gonzalez

After 27 seasons, 256 wins, 5 consecutive championships and 18 titles garnered during his extraordinary 27-year tenure as head coach of the Borregos Salvajes, Frank Gonzalez, leaves behind an amazing legacy of success that will forever cement his name in football history.

From 1985 to 2013, Gonzalez was unstoppable, a legacy in his own right. A force to be reckoned with; he helped train a little over 1,000 athletes, and together, they beat out some of the best teams in Mexico’s history. Recruiting only the best of the best, Gonzalez served as Head Coach for Borregos Salvajes, an American football team from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, a privately managed higher education institution in Monterrey, Mexico. He ruled with an iron fist and a lot of heart and his players responded. Borregos Salvajes (Wild Rams), have long enjoyed a championship legacy. Crowned champions of the Greater League of National Student Organization of American Football (ONEFA) in four different occasions, 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1976; the team removed itself from the league only to return 12 years later with a vengeance. With Gonzalez at the helm, it was up to him to bring the Borregos back. Some of his most memorable contributions included an unstoppable winning streak in the 2001 season, when the Borregos Salvajes soared to the Championships with no losses. During the much-anticipated final game of the season, the team played against the Tigres of the UANL, who had for long been considered the best team in Mexico, at the Estadio Tecnológico de Monterrey. Borregos Salvajes came out victorious with a score of 20-12. The team reached the championships again in the 2002 season for a second consecutive year and faced a re-match against the Tigres of the UANL, in the final game. The first half of the game was tied 7-7; however, under Gonzalez’ leadership, the Borregos Salvajes made a comeback in the third and fourth quarters and brought the championship home.

Borregos Salvajes came out victorious yet again in 2004 (defeating Estado de México), in 2005 (defeating Tigres UANL); in 2006 (Defeating the Aztecas from the UDLAP); and again in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In the 2010 season, the Borregos Salvajes played in another conference, the CONADEIP premier league. They reached the finals, where they lost to their rivals, the Aztecas UDLAP 17 to 10. They made a comeback however in 2011 and in 2012 and quickly regained their championship status.

With an emphasis on family, teamwork and heart, Gonzalez guided his players with a “no man left behind” attitude. He now works as a consultant at the same institute and continues to be an inspiration and a legend in his own right.


Constantino "Tino" Martinez

Tino

Constantino “Tino” Martinez is remembered as one of the key players in the New York Yankees 1990’s dynasty while serving as a third and first baseman

 He was selected in the first round of the college draft Class of the 1990’s by the Seattle Mariners. Tino had one of his best years in 1995 when he hits 31 homerun, drove in 111 runs and batted .297 as the Seattle Mariners won their Division. Following that season, he was traded to the New York Yankees to replace legendary first baseman and team captain, Don Mattingly.

Martinez helped lead the Yankees to four World Series Championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 2000. He also won the Home Run Derby in 1997. He hit two memorable homeruns as a Yankee in a World Series, first in the 1998 series when he hit a grand slam to help the team win in game one and the other in 2001 when he hit one to tie the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

His best season as a Yankee came in 1997, when he was second in the American League with 44 Home Runs and 141 runs- batted- in and finished second as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

In the 2001 World Series, Yankees played against The Arizona Diamondbacks. the series went to game 7, which Arizona won when Luis Gonzalez, his childhood friend, hit a single against Yankee ace reliever, Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th to win the series. Gonzalez later recalled that when he went back home to check his answering machine, the first message of congratulations was from Martinez. In 2002, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinal baseball club in the National League. While at St. Louis Cardinals, Martinez first visit to Yankee Stadium was met by a long cheering crowd in appreciation of his championship years in pinstripes. In 2005, Martinez ended his successful 16-year baseball career and began working as a game analyst for ESPN and continues contributing to baseball as a batting instructor for different clubs.

 

 
 

Dr. Manuel Gonzalez

Twelve rounds of drama, unrelenting beating, and roaring crowds is the sport of boxing. Ending in blood, sweat and often tears- Dr. Manuel Gonzalez sees it all.

More than just a spectator, Gonzalez, a native Laredoan, joins his love for the sport and his love for medicine and serves as a ring physician for both amateur and professional boxing. It was Gonzales who treated Marcos Maidana’s wounds after he lifted the WBA welterweight world title from his opponent, Adrien Broner under the bright lights of the Alamodome in San Antonio this past December 2013.

Dr. Manuel Gonzalez is native to Laredo, and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy and the University of Texas in Austin. He completed medical school at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey Mexico and trained in General Surgery at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. He completed a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in Portland, Oregon and is Board Certified in General and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Gonzalez opened his private practice in Laredo in 1980 and continues to serve his community today as a surgeon.

However, what many do not know about Gonzalez is that he travels and treats the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, ensuring the sport and the star boxers live to see another day. For Dr. Gonzalez, being a ringside physician is a dream come true given he has always been involved in combative sports, especially boxing. Since returning to Laredo, he has supported amateur and professional boxing and his passion for the sport has led to his current role as a ring physician for both amateur and pro fights.

He is a member of the medical advisory committee for the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation of Combative Sports. Dr. Gonzalez is involved in local, state, and national boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights; and, he has been involved in major world title champion fights, including those involving local champions, the Canizales brothers.

His resume reads like a Who’s Who in American boxing. Throughout his tenure he has served as the primary ring physician for major championship fights televised on NBC sports, ESPN, FOX Deportes, Azteca, Showtime, and HBO Sports. Some of the championship fights include Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Antonio Margarito, and Manny Pacquiao.

His most recent fight was in San Antonio on December 14 for Showtime, between Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana.But with so many accolades under his belt, it is his own personal fight that is the most impressive. Gonzalez opened doors for physicians everywhere interested in the field of boxing. He pioneered the initial regulating and licensing of Texas Ring physicians. His license number reads #1.


Adrian's Latinos

Adrian's team

Assembled to participate in the Latin American Tournaments in Texas. 43 wins and one loss in two years - many went on to play in larger leagues.

 

The Laredo Latin-American Basketball tournament, started by Jimmy Rodriguez+ and Hector Chacon back in 1974 served as the perfect opportunity to showcase what Laredo had to offer; Sponsored by Laredo’s KLDO TV and later Adrian Martinez, the dream team was assembled with high expectations in mind – to attract positive publicity to Laredo. The players, who were mostly from Laredo and the surrounding area, enjoyed great success at the helm of their team leader Jaime Peña, of Mission, Texas, who towered at 6 feet 8 inches tall. The team won the tournament their first time out in 1984, and an entrepreneur by the name of Adrian Martinez approached them and told them that he wanted to sponsor the team – but under one condition, they had to win in Laredo.

The team did just that, winning the championship in Laredo, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. Then followed yet another winning streak the year after (in 1986), winning in Laredo, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, and taking almost every game by a coveted 20 points. Head coaches and executives immediately took notice and invited the team to Los Angeles, California to participate in the National Mexican-American Basketball tournament.

With Martinez’ backing, the team won the championship, beating out the previous year’s champions, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the finals, and showing this young team of Latinos was a force to be reckoned with. After winning the Los Angles Tournament, the team qualified to go to the National Hispanic Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona that September. Forced to face their formidable allies (Santa Fe, New Mexico) in the finals, the team showed exactly what they were made of and came out victorious once again. For many, this catapulted their athletic careers.

Peña, enjoyed a career as an All-American in 1984 at New Mexico State, and was ultimately drafted in the 6th round by the San Antonio Spurs. He continued to play professionally throughout other parts of the world in Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. He later joined the Mexican Olympic Team. The team’s point guard, Walter “Gogi” Zamora Kramer, of Laredo, attended Wayland Baptist College and played for one year in the Mexican Pro League. He was the second leading scorer in the team. Jerry Farias from Mission, Texas went on to attend St. Edwards University and played in the Mexican Pro League for three years. Jaime Gonzalez of Laredo Nixon attended Pan American University where he too found success.

Gonzalez will forever be in the hearts of Arizona Diamonbacks fans as the player who beat the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

He was selected in the first round of the college draft Class of the 1990’s by the Seattle Mariners. Tino had one of his best years in 1995 when he hits 31 homerun, drove in 111 runs and batted .297 as the Seattle Mariners won their Division. Following that season, he was traded to the New York Yankees to replace legendary first baseman and team captain, Don Mattingly.

Martinez helped lead the Yankees to four World Series Championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 2000. He also won the Home Run Derby in 1997. He hit two memorable homeruns as a Yankee in a World Series, first in the 1998 series when he hit a grand slam to help the team win in game one and the other in 2001 when he hit one to tie the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

His best season as a Yankee came in 1997, when he was second in the American League with 44 Home Runs and 141 runs- batted- in and finished second as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

In the 2001 World Series, Yankees played against The Arizona Diamondbacks. the series went to game 7, which Arizona won when Luis Gonzalez, his childhood friend, hit a single against Yankee ace reliever, Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th to win the series. Gonzalez later recalled that when he went back home to check his answering machine, the first message of congratulations was from Martinez. In 2002, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinal baseball club in the National League. While at St. Louis Cardinals, Martinez first visit to Yankee Stadium was met by a long cheering crowd in appreciation of his championship years in pinstripes. In 2005, Martinez ended his successful 16-year baseball career and began working as a game analyst for ESPN and continues contributing to baseball as a batting instructor for different clubs.

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