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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez bound for Cooperstown

*Why you should read this: Because it’s a wonderful honor for a great baseball player. Because he now joins Johnny Bench as the only tow MLB catchers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. VL By Jerry Crasnick, ESPN (2 minute read)  Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines were elected to

Friday, January 13th, 2017

How the Spanos Family Built a Fortune Selling Bologna Sandwiches to Mexican Farmworkers

*Why you should read this: Because a family worth $2.6 billion is asking the City of San Diego, with 1.4 million Latinos – 35 percent of the population, to use public money to construct a stadium for their...

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Five Hispanic players to watch in the NFL playoffs

*The list of Latino players to watch in the NFL Playoffs has been reduced by two. This past weekend Kiko Alonzo of the Miami Dolphins and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants ended their seasons when...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

El Paso man did not let discrimination stop him from helping UT win 1953 Cotton Bowl

*I love this story! Richard Ochoa won the 1953 Cotton Bowl MVP award. He was a University of Texas running back who ran for 108 yards in the game. Here’s what I hate about it: despite his achievement...

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

The Top Ten Latino Sports Moments of 2016

*It’s time for year-end top-ten lists. I think number 10 is very significant – a Latino drafted in the NHL? It happened this year. VL By Gabe Salgado, NBC News (11.5 minute read)  2016 was a tremendous...

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

NBA Suns’ Coach Watson embraces Hispanic upbringing

*We love to lift Latino firsts on NewsTaco because they lead the path of possibility. I never tire of this. VL By Lindsey Wisniewski, College Times (4 Minute read)  Watson’s mother is Mexican-American...

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Puerto Rican boxers could be first world champions who are sisters

*¡Campeonas! We’ll be keeping an eye on the December 10th fight. VL By EFEUSA (1.5 minute read) Puerto Ricans Cindy and Amanda Serrano could become the first pair of sisters to be world boxing champions at the...

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Here’s Why Only One Of Three Latino Baseball Stars Will Likely Make It Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame

*Two of the eligible Latinos have been tainted by use and rumors of use of performance enhancing drugs. VL By Omar Villegas, MiTú (2 minute read)  Earlier this week, the Baseball Writers Association of America released its ballot...

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The 5 Latinos Who Helped Take Chicago Cubs to World Series Victory

*Couldn’t let such a great game 7 go by without pointing out the Latino connection. There’s always a Latino connection. VL By Gabe Salgadro, NBC News (4 minute read) CHICAGO, Illinois — They did it. In the end...

Friday, October 28th, 2016

6 Latinos Making History in Cubs vs. Indians World Series

*You know I’m going to ask . . . Who are you rooting for? I like the Cubbies to win it. VL By Gabe Salgado, NBC News (1.5 minute read) CHICAGO- We’re two games into the 2016...

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Smithsonian Collecting Items to Show Baseball’s Impact on Latino History

*They’re looking for everything – photos, newspaper clippings, old gloves, uniforms, balls – from little league memorabilia to business sponsored leagues, to minor and major league baseball. Latinos have had a large influence in U.S. baseball and...

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Story of Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Is One of Courage

*Fernández’s death is shocking and sad. Miami’s fan base and the entire MLB mourns today. VL By Jason Page, NBC News (2.5 minute read)  Imagine arriving in the United States as a teenager without a grasp of...

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The Untold Story of Ruben Mendoza, the First Mexican-American to Play for US Soccer

*A cool thing about this article is the comment section below the story. Many people have added their personal stories about Ruben, his coaching, his dedication to his church. This is a good feel-good read. VL By...

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Rio 2016: USA’s Latino medal winners showcased the best of America

*There are some U.S. Latino athletes we didn’t hear about during the Olympics: Maggie Steffens medaled in water polo, and Sarah Robles won bronze in weightlifting. VL By Luis Miguel Echegaray, The Guardian In two dramatic weeks, the backdrops...

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