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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


Perfect Game Pitcher
N. L. Tecolotes vs. M. C. Diablos Rojos
Mexicar. League
Mexico City August 14, 1953

Born in the small town of Ebanos, San Luis Potosi, Ramiro did not have an idea that one day, he
was going to be immortalized in Professional Baseball. Since the beginning of organized baseball in
Mexico, there never had been a feat accomplished as the perfect game he pitched for the Nuevo
Laredo Tecolotes against the Mexico City Diablos Rojas. His spectacular feat took place in Mexico
City's Old Tradition-Rich Parque Delta. Cuevas, a control-type pitcher, wrote his name into the
records of the Mexican League as his perfect game was the first ever in that circuit. 0 nly six other
perfect games had ever been recorded in organized baseball prior to Cuevas feat. In comparison, Don
Larsen of the N.Y. Yankees pitch his perfect game three years later in the 1956 World Series against
the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Cuevas masterpiece stood for twenty-five years. Horacia Pina, ex-Major League hurler, joined
Ramiro in the Mexican League record book by hurling a perfect game for his Aguascalientes team in
1978. He also pitched two other No-Hits No-Runs games in the Mexican Winter League. One in 1949
in the Liga Del Golfo and in 1954 in the Liga Del Pacifico. He retired in 1959 at the age of 31. Cuevas
considers Jose Luis "Chile" Gomez, Angel Castro and Adolfo Lugue as the best Managers the Mexican
League has ever had. Gomez and Castro are in the Mexican Baseball Hall-Of-Fame. The Hall located
in Monterrey, Mexico is sponsored by Cerveceria Cuahtemoc. !n the early 1970's, Cuevas, AI Pinkston
and old -timer Agustin Verdi of Veracruz were inducted into the Hall. Cuevas had a chance to play in
the Major League but the Mexican Club owners wouldn't part with their stars. Cuevas and his wife
Guadalupe and children Ramiro, Ricardo, and Rosar reside in Nuevo Laredo where he works in the
Real Estate business.