About The Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame

In the United States, there are Sports Halls of Fame that honor professional and amateur athletes in football, basketball, track, tennis, baseball and other sports. There are also ethnic halls of fame that recognize outstanding athletes from different groups including Italian, Jewish, Irish and blacks to name a few. But, there was not a single sports hall of fame that would recognize, honor and salute the outstanding accomplishments/achievements and contributions of our Latino/Hispanic Sports Heritage not only from the United States but also those who came to this country from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central and South America and from the vast talent from the Caribbean Islands. The Latin-American International Sports Hall of Fame/Salon de Ia Fama Latinoamericano del Deporte was organized in Laredo, Texas in 1974. At first it was to celebrate, honor and promote local and regional individuals who had excelled at their particular sport but soon it opened the doors to include National and International Professional Athletes. It also recognizes as Sportsman of the Year individuals who continue to preserve and enhance our Latino culture, values and educational opportunities for our youth and who contribute to the betterment of the City of Laredo and South Texas. There have been since its inception an equal recognition of women athletes inductees. It was important to find role models for our youth and the organizers wanted to include all ages, regardless of sex in their programs. The Latin Hall was also created to promote economic development and stimulate business activity in downtown Laredo when local businesses are contracted to provide services to our inductees, their families and guests who visit Laredo during the annual 3-day welcome reception, media luncheon and induction banquet celebration weekend. Through the years. (1975-2014), and with limited amount of funds the organization has, had the opportunity to help the youth of our community with scholarships and other youth activity fundraisers. Plans are to have a Latin Sports International Hall of Fame Museum (downtown) (soon) which will be a first for the United States and to provide clinics (free of charge) to instruct our youth in different sports.


The Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 to recognize individuals with good and proper standing in the community, high morals and values and who have excelled in sports and/or have contributed to the promotion of sports and goodwill in the Latino community.

Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame

47th Annual Induction Banquet

2023 Inductees



Andres "Andy" Garcia

2008 First Hispanic
McDonald All American

Maria de los Angeles Pantoja

1997 AAU National Champion

Edwin Rodriguez

Major League Baseball Manager
2010 - 2011 Florida Marlins

Mario Longoria

NFL Hispanic Historian
1981 to Present

Eduardo "Eddie" Mendiola

UISD Adaptive PE Coach
2018 Texas Special Olympics
Coach of the Year


Armando "Mando" Rodriguez

Youth Baseball Manager
1993 12U Regional Tournament



Joey Muñoz

Texas Relays Biathlon Champion


Tomas "Tom" Benavides

Sportsman of the Year
Successful Businessman





Dear Friends:

On behalf of the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, I would like to welcome everyone to our 46th annual event.
We are proud to honor our heritage and recognize Latinos who have set high expectations and broken boundaries to excel in
the field of sport.

This year’s honorees will join over 250 legendary sports figures that have been inducted into the Latin Sports Hall of Fame.
It gives us great honor to acknowledge their contributions into the sports world and in our culture. We would like to express our
sincere gratitude to the City of Laredo, Webb County, local businesses and to all contributors that have helped our project
year after year in order to honor our heritage.

Lastly we invite and encourage everyone to continue to support and nominate Latinos that have excelled and become champions
on and off the field, court or track so we can continue to pay tribute to their successes.

Andres “Andy” Ramos



Help us make our museum a reality. Please donate.

Proposed museum location is downtown Laredo, Texas, intersection, Farragut at Juarez Ave.