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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

Freddie Benavides

Texas Prep 5-A All-State
J.W. Nixon High School
Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies

Freddie Benavides is the first native Laredoan ever to play with a major league team.
He has always proved himself a versatile athlete. He had an early start in baseball when
he was an All-Star performer for the American Little League State finalist.
He went on to gain all-district recognition at Nixon High School in baseball and basketball.
He was also named All State in baseball. His heroics at Nixon as a shortstop and parttime
pitcher earned him a scholarship at Texas Christian University.
Benavides was a June. 1987 second round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. He spent his
first six seasons as a professional with the Reds playing 24 games with the team in 1991.
Prior to his promotion to the major leagues with the Reds, Benavides was a minor league
infielder in the Cincinnati organization with such teams as Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga and
Nashville. He played 24 games with the Reds in 1991 and batted .286 and as a back-up to
shortstop Barry Larkin in 1992 batted .231.
He was a second round expansion draft pick of the Colorado Rockies where Benavides
hit .286 in 74 games for the Rockies last season. He displayed his versatility as an infielder
with the Rockies by playing shortstop third. second, and first base. He was twice sidelined
by injuries. He had a short stay at AAA Colorado Springs in order to go through some rehabilitation
following an ankle injury.
The Colorado Rockies traded him to the Montreal Expos for the 1994 season.