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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


Southwest Conference Champion
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth - 1959

Rodemiro is one of the best athletes to ever play for Hebbronville High School. From 1952 to
1954, He was All-District Q~rterback being named to the Second All -State Team in 1954. That same
year, he was chosen as the All-South Texas Quarterback. He also participated in baseball and basketball
and in 1955 represented the District in the Regionals as a low Hurdler and in the 440-Relay.
Gonzalez was recruited by Texas Christian University and led them to the Southwest Conference
Football Championship in 1958 and 1959. He was the Horned Frogs starting quarterback and defensive
safety. Rodemiro also lettered four years as a pitcher and second baseman for TCU. He received the
coveted "Frog Club Award" in 1959. This is awarded annually to the outstanding TCU football player.
In 1962, Gonzalez was the backfield coach in the state "AAAA" Football Championship Brackenridge
Eagles High School Team from San Antonio. The Eagles were state quarterfinalist in 1963. That legendary
football team had Warren McVey in the backfield who later played in the NFL.
Gonzalez is presently vice-principal at Thomas Jefferson High School. He and his wife Patricia
reside in San Antonio.