A List of Famous Hispanic Athlete

A List of Famous Hispanic Athlete

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#1 May 14, 2013
Hugo Sanchez.

Born in Mexico City, Sanchez is hailed as the greatest Mexican soccer player of all time. He won five consecutive league titles with Spanish giant Real Madrid, and scored 46 goals playing for the Mexican National team, including three World Cup appearances. Sanchez was famous for his flamboyant playing style, and his habit of somersaulting after scoring a goal. Since his retirement, he's coached the National Team and remains one of the most popular and famous of all Mexican athletes. Oscar De La Hoya.

Although he was born in Los Angeles, De La Hoya's parents hail from Mexico where boxing ran in the family. Both De La Hoya's father and grandfather were boxers, and De La Hoya himself started boxing at the age of six. After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992, De La Hoya turned pro and won his first world title in 1995.

In 2004, De La Hoya became the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight classes, and his model looks and great talent earned him the nickname "Golden Boy." Though some Mexican fans would have preferred a rougher-looking fighter, they embrace him as a national hero to this day.

Ana Guevara.

Born in Sonora, Guevara gained fame as an elite tack-and-field star, earning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Her standing as one of the few Mexican running stars of international renown made her the pride of her country, and her fame continues as she recently ran for election in Mexico City. Eduardo Najera.

Only the second player born in Mexico to play in the NBA, Najera's gritty, physical style of basketball has made him the pride of Mexicans everywhere, and his commitment to social activism cements his legacy as one of the ten most famous Mexican athletes.

Fernando Valenzuela.

He is a Mexican-born baseball pitcher, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981, and became the first rookie pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award. Rotund and pleasant, Valenzuela became not just the most famous athlete in Mexico, but one of the most famous people in Latin America and is still beloved today for his talent and humility. Lee Trevino.

The American-born son of Mexican immigrants, Trevino's fluid golf style won him six Major Championships, and his easygoing, humorous manner earned him the respect and adulation of sports fans. Julio Cesar Chavez. This Mexican-born boxing legend won six World Titles in three different weight divisions, and was, for years, considered the best fighter in the world.

His fierce style of boxing endeared him to Mexican fans , and he is still one of the ten most famous Mexican athletes today. Chavez was recently ranked the 24th greatest boxer in history by ESPN. Cuauhtemoc Blanco. One of Mexico's all-time greatest soccer players, Blanco's pinpoint passes and impeccable ball control, as well as his fiery temper and willingness to engage in trash talk with his opponents, make him a controversial and popular sports figure. Lorena Ochoa.

As the first Mexican-born golfer ever to be ranked number one in the world, Ochoa won two Major Championships and 30 other tournaments before recently retiring. Her foundation builds and runs schools in Guadalajara for impoverished students, and her dedication to improving the lives of those in need, as well as her remarkable success on the golf course, has made her one of the most famous Mexican athletes of all time. Marco Antonio Barrera. Barrera won seven world boxing titles in three different weight classes, and his memorable trilogy of fights with fellow Mexican, Eric Morales, are considered three of the best boxing matches in history.

Barrera's clean looks earned him the moniker "Baby-faced Assassin," and his punching power and ability to take hits earned him the 43rd spot on ESPN's ranking of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.

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#2 May 14, 2013
Oscar De La Hoya.

Although he was born in Los Angeles, De La Hoya's parents hail from Mexico where boxing ran in the family. Both De La Hoya's father and grandfather were boxers, and De La Hoya himself started boxing at the age of six. After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992, De La Hoya turned pro and won his first world title in 1995.

In 2004, De La Hoya became the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight classes, and his model looks and great talent earned him the nickname "Golden Boy." Though some Mexican fans would have preferred a rougher-looking fighter, they embrace him as a national hero to this day.

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#3 May 14, 2013
Fernando Valenzuela.

He is a Mexican-born baseball pitcher, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981, and became the first rookie pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award. Rotund and pleasant, Valenzuela became not just the most famous athlete in Mexico, but one of the most famous people in Latin America and is still beloved today for his talent and humility. Lee Trevino.

The American-born son of Mexican immigrants, Trevino's fluid golf style won him six Major Championships, and his easygoing, humorous manner earned him the respect and adulation of sports fans. Julio Cesar Chavez. This Mexican-born boxing legend won six World Titles in three different weight divisions, and was, for years, considered the best fighter in the world.

His fierce style of boxing endeared him to Mexican fans , and he is still one of the ten most famous Mexican athletes today. Chavez was recently ranked the 24th greatest boxer in history by ESPN. Cuauhtemoc Blanco. One of Mexico's all-time greatest soccer players, Blanco's pinpoint passes and impeccable ball control, as well as his fiery temper and willingness to engage in trash talk with his opponents, make him a controversial and popular sports figure. Lorena Ochoa.

As the first Mexican-born golfer ever to be ranked number one in the world, Ochoa won two Major Championships and 30 other tournaments before recently retiring. Her foundation builds and runs schools in Guadalajara for impoverished students, and her dedication to improving the lives of those in need, as well as her remarkable success on the golf course, has made her one of the most famous Mexican athletes of all time. Marco Antonio Barrera. Barrera won seven world boxing titles in three different weight classes, and his memorable trilogy of fights with fellow Mexican, Eric Morales, are considered three of the best boxing matches in history.

Barrera's clean looks earned him the moniker "Baby-faced Assassin," and his punching power and ability to take hits earned him the 43rd spot on ESPN's ranking of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.

Read more: http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-most-famous-mexi

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#4 May 14, 2013
Hugo Sanchez.

Born in Mexico City, Sanchez is hailed as the greatest Mexican soccer player of all time. He won five consecutive league titles with Spanish giant Real Madrid, and scored 46 goals playing for the Mexican National team, including three World Cup appearances. Sanchez was famous for his flamboyant playing style, and his habit of somersaulting after scoring a goal. Since his retirement, he's coached the National Team and remains one of the most popular and famous of all Mexican athletes. Oscar De La Hoya.

Although he was born in Los Angeles, De La Hoya's parents hail from Mexico where boxing ran in the family. Both De La Hoya's father and grandfather were boxers, and De La Hoya himself started boxing at the age of six. After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992, De La Hoya turned pro and won his first world title in 1995.

In 2004, De La Hoya became the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight classes, and his model looks and great talent earned him the nickname "Golden Boy." Though some Mexican fans would have preferred a rougher-looking fighter, they embrace him as a national hero to this day.

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#5 May 14, 2013
Ana Guevara.

Born in Sonora, Guevara gained fame as an elite tack-and-field star, earning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Her standing as one of the few Mexican running stars of international renown made her the pride of her country, and her fame continues as she recently ran for election in Mexico City. Eduardo Najera.

Only the second player born in Mexico to play in the NBA, Najera's gritty, physical style of basketball has made him the pride of Mexicans everywhere, and his commitment to social activism cements his legacy as one of the ten most famous Mexican athletes.

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#6 May 14, 2013
Fernando Valenzuela.

He is a Mexican-born baseball pitcher, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981, and became the first rookie pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award. Rotund and pleasant, Valenzuela became not just the most famous athlete in Mexico, but one of the most famous people in Latin America and is still beloved today for his talent and humility. Lee Trevino.

The American-born son of Mexican immigrants, Trevino's fluid golf style won him six Major Championships, and his easygoing, humorous manner earned him the respect and adulation of sports fans. Julio Cesar Chavez. This Mexican-born boxing legend won six World Titles in three different weight divisions, and was, for years, considered the best fighter in the world.

His fierce style of boxing endeared him to Mexican fans , and he is still one of the ten most famous Mexican athletes today. Chavez was recently ranked the 24th greatest boxer in history by ESPN. Cuauhtemoc Blanco. One of Mexico's all-time greatest soccer players, Blanco's pinpoint passes and impeccable ball control, as well as his fiery temper and willingness to engage in trash talk with his opponents, make him a controversial and popular sports figure. Lorena Ochoa.

As the first Mexican-born golfer ever to be ranked number one in the world, Ochoa won two Major Championships and 30 other tournaments before recently retiring. Her foundation builds and runs schools in Guadalajara for impoverished students, and her dedication to improving the lives of those in need, as well as her remarkable success on the golf course, has made her one of the most famous Mexican athletes of all time

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#7 May 14, 2013
Marco Antonio Barrera.

Barrera won seven world boxing titles in three different weight classes, and his memorable trilogy of fights with fellow Mexican, Eric Morales, are considered three of the best boxing matches in history.

Barrera's clean looks earned him the moniker "Baby-faced Assassin," and his punching power and ability to take hits earned him the 43rd spot on ESPN's ranking of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.

Read more: http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-most-famous-mexi

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#8 May 14, 2013
Lorena Ochoa.

As the first Mexican-born golfer ever to be ranked number one in the world, Ochoa won two Major Championships and 30 other tournaments before recently retiring. Her foundation builds and runs schools in Guadalajara for impoverished students, and her dedication to improving the lives of those in need, as well as her remarkable success on the golf course, has made her one of the most famous Mexican athletes of all time

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#9 May 14, 2013
Anthony Munoz
I recently wrote a column on the greatest offensive tackles of all-time and named Munoz as the number one offensive tackle in NFL history. The 6-6, 278-pound offensive tackle, who was the first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals and the third player selected overall was agile, quick, strong and possessed great foot quickness that he used to contain the best defensive ends in the league during his Hall of Fame career.

During his 13-seasons of play, the durable Munoz started 164 of 168 games from 1980-1990 and even caught 7 passes and scored four touchdowns on tackle eligible plays.

Munoz was the recipient of virtually every possible honor and was elected to 11 consecutive Pro Bowls and named All-Pro 11 straight times from 1981 through 1991. He was also named the NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988 and the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1985, 1988 and 1989.

I fully believe that Munoz is the greatest offensive tackle in NFL history and one of the greatest Hispanic athletes of all-time - and placing him third on this list only serves to justify how I feel about Munoz, one of the NFL's classiest players ever.

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#10 May 14, 2013
Juan Antonio Marichal Sánchez
Simply put, Marichal is one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history - Hispanic or otherwise. Born October 20, 1937 in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic, Marichal is remembered for his high leg kick, dominating pitches and old school intimidation tactics, which included aiming pitches directly at the opposing batters' helmets if the occasion called for it.
Marichal entered the major leagues in 1960 with the San Francisco Giants and made an immediate impression by going 6-2 in eleven starts with a 2.66 ERA. He improved his victory totals to thirteen and eighteen over the following two seasons respectively before finally breaking the twenty-victory plateau in 1963, when he went 25-8 with 248 strikeouts and a 2.41 ERA.

Marichal enjoyed similar success all the way through the 1969 season, posting over 20 victories in every season except 1967 and never posting an ERA higher than 2.76. He also led the league in victories in 1963 and 1968 when he won 26 games.

Marichal played briefly with the Boston Red Sox in 1974 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975 before retiring from professional baseball. He finished his career with an impressive 243 victories, 142 losses, 244 complete games, 2303 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA over 3507.3 innings pitched.

Marichal also pitched a no-hitter on June 15, 1963 and was named to nine All-Star teams, being selected MVP in the 1965 game. Marichal was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 and his uniform number (27) has been retired by the Giants.

I'm sure a lot of younger people may not even remember who Juan Marichal was, but I certainly do - and I can unequivocally say that he is one of the greatest Hispanic athletes of all-time.

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#11 May 14, 2013
Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez
Born in January of 1957 in Torrance, California and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, Lopez is one of the most famous women golfers of all-time and the number one female Hispanic golfer of all-time.

Lopez dominated women's golf in the late 1970s and was a major force well into the 1980s. As a young player, Lopez won the United States Girls Junior Amateur Golf Championship in 1972 and 1974 and took the LPGA tour by storm, winning 17 tournaments in her first two full years. She remains the only player to win Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Vare Trophy (best scoring average) in the same year (1978).

A four-time Player of the Year, she has 48 career tour victories, including three LPGA Championships. In 1998, Lopez was awarded the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of her distinguished sportsmanship.

Incredibly, the four-time LPGA Player of the Year (1978-79,85,88), Rookie of Year (1977) and three-time winner of the LPGA Championship, reached Hall of Fame by the age of 30 with 35 victories;

On Lopez's first full year on the LPGA Tour, the 21-year-old's talent awed Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright. "Never in my life have I seen such control in someone so young," Wright said.

Being of Mexican descent, Lopez remembered experiencing racism while growing up. "I thought we weren't members of the country club because we couldn't afford it," she said. "Now I think it was discrimination." As a senior in high school, Lopez tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open in 1975.

The 5-foot-5 Lopez may have been diminutive in stature, but one thing is for sure. She is undeniably one of the greatest Hispanic athletes of all-time - and the only female to make this list
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#12 May 14, 2013
Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez
I'm not necessarily sure if Rodriguez was necessarily a better athlete than some of the athletes I left off of this list. However, as the unquestionable, greatest Hispanic golfer of all-time, I couldn't deny his greatness, impact or longevity.

Chi-Chi Rodriguez is also one of the great showmen - and one of my personal favorites in all of sports history. In a career that spanned four decades, Rodriguez won 22 Senior PGA Tour victories, 8 regular PGA Tours and earned over $7 million dollars - setting the stage for a multitude of Hispanic golfers to follow in his immense footsteps.

Born in Rio Piedras in 1935 Rodriguez began caddying at the age of six and actually learned how to play golf with clubs made out of guava tree limbs and tin cans hammered into balls.

It has been said that, pound for pound, Rodriguez was the longest hitter in the history of golf. Standing only 5-7 and weighing anywhere between 112-130 pounds, the wiry Puerto Rican has at times driven a golf ball over 350 yards. Throughout his career, he has consistently driven the ball over 250 yards - no small feat, mind you.

Rodriguez has also founded the "Chi-Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation" in Clearwater Florida for troubled and abused youngsters.

Rodriguez once explained his philosophy. "I figure kids are the future. If I made it, anybody can do it. I think I can be a good role model for them because they could look at me and say, "look, he's a small guy, he was poor and he worked hard and made it."

Rodriguez was the first player on the Senior Tour to win the same event three consecutive years and set a senior tour record with eight consecutive birdies as he cruised to a win at the 1987 Silver Pages Classic.

Rodriguez also represented Puerto Rico on 12 World Cup Teams, won the Hispanic Achievement Recognition Award ('86) and Replica's Hispanic Man of the Year Award in 1988 before being inducted into the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
As the greatest Hispanic golfer ever, it's easy to see that Rodriguez is clearly one of the best Hispanic athletes of all-time.

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#13 May 14, 2013
Five of the best/most famous Hispanic athletes today..

1) Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)- 2012 Triple Crown winner, first since 1967.....the BEST hitter I've ever seen......dude flat RAKES

2) Tony Gonzalez.(Atlanta Falcons)-- best TE in the NFL over the last ten years.....probably could have played in the NBA if not for football

3) Cain Velasquez (UFC)- one of my faves......f*cking beast

4) Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees)- BEST reliever in MLB history.....still dominating at age 43......retiring at year's end.

5) Rickey Rubio (Minnesota T'Wolves)- this dude is fun to watch........gets hurt a lot , but when he's healthy , can be one of the NBA's best players

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#15 May 14, 2013
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#16 May 14, 2013
ROMPER STOMPER wrote:
Five of the best/most famous Hispanic athletes today..
1) Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)- 2012 Triple Crown winner, first since 1967.....the BEST hitter I've ever seen......dude flat RAKES
2) Tony Gonzalez.(Atlanta Falcons)-- best TE in the NFL over the last ten years.....probably could have played in the NBA if not for football
3) Cain Velasquez (UFC)- one of my faves......f*cking beast
4) Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees)- BEST reliever in MLB history.....still dominating at age 43......retiring at year's end.
5) Rickey Rubio (Minnesota T'Wolves)- this dude is fun to watch........gets hurt a lot , but when he's healthy , can be one of the NBA's best players
MOfo take this shyt to the Latino forums. We don't need our bald-headed BW thinking these mofos like them. These Hoes belong to us and us only. BM were born KINGS don't you ever forget that.

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#17 May 14, 2013
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#18 May 14, 2013
Ivan Rodriguez - MLB Baseball Player
One of the Best Catchers in MLB History

2003 MLB World Series Champion
1999 American League MVP
13 Golden Glove Awards
14 Time MLB All Star Player

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#19 May 14, 2013
Lee Travino was the greatest golfer. Whooped Chi Chi with his pants down.

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#20 May 15, 2013
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Ivan Rodriguez - MLB Baseball Player
One of the Best Catchers in MLB History
2003 MLB World Series Champion
1999 American League MVP
13 Golden Glove Awards
14 Time MLB All Star Player
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iv%C3%A1n_Rodr%C...
Thanks for the info sugar babe.

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#21 May 15, 2013
Marcus Washington wrote:
<quoted text>MOfo take this shyt to the Latino forums. We don't need our bald-headed BW thinking these mofos like them. These Hoes belong to us and us only. BM were born KINGS don't you ever forget that.
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