Legends of Baseball"
Heritage Baseball Museum celebrated its first fund raising gala, "Hispanic
Legends of Baseball", on Saturday, February 23, 2002 at the San Francisco
Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Avila, Founder, President and CEO and Amaury Pi-González, Vice President
of the Museum and the Spanish voice of the San Francisco Giants hosted the
event. Mr. Avila and Mr. Pi-González announced the first inductees
of the Museum's Hall of Fame. They are Mr. Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants
Hall of Famer, Mr. Tito 23 Fuentes, former San Francisco Giants Player, Mr.
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and Mr. Minnie Miñoso, former
White Sox Great. Mr. Bill Nowlin, author of the Ted Williams Museum newsletter
flew to San Francisco from Boston to accept Mr. Williams's award on his behalf.
Mr. Herb Fagen, autobiographer of Mr. Minnie Miñoso accepted Mr. Miñoso's
award on his behalf. The Museum also recognized Mr. Willie McCovey, former
San Francisco Giants Great and Hall of Famer. As a participant of the Caribean
Winter Leagues, the Museum presented Mr. McCovey with its first "Amigo
Award". Mr. Mario Alioto, Vice President of Marketing of the San Francisco
Giants, accepted the award on his behalf.
the greatest event I ever participated in the Bay Area in over 30 years. The
people, the music and the ambiance was truly superb" commented Mr. Cepeda.
Mr. Fuentes added
"It's one of the greatest moments of my life especially╩ having been
inducted with Orlando Cepeda, Ted Williams, and Minnie Miñoso to the
Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum's Hall of Fame."
once again for an excellent event. I join you in hoping that this is just
the first one of many, reaching ever larger audiences. It was well done and
from looking around, I believe that everyone enjoyed themselves." ...Bill
a tremendous event and I am honored to have accepted the award on behalf of
Minnie Miñoso."...Herb Fagen.
The Ballet Folklorico
de Teoti-huacan of San Mateo contributed to the evening's event. Everyone
enjoyed dancing to the music of "El Conjunto Alegre".
By: Amaury Pi-González
The 2002 Major
League season starts in April with all 30 teams and no contraction (at least
this year). The Montreal Expos were bought by the rest of the owners on both
leagues and will be managed by Frank Robinson. The Expos General Manager is
Dominican born Omar Minaya. At the beginning of Spring Training the Expos
signed Cuban slugger Jose Canseco who needs only 38 more home runs and a possible
election to Cooperstown.The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics are
both picked to be contenders in their respective╩ divisions, Benito Santiago
returns as the Giant's "numero uno" catcher, the Puerto Rican who
in 1987, with
the padres, won Rookie of the
Year, is still going strong at age 39. Cuban right hander Livan Hernandez
is hoping for a better season and is in much better physical shape, while
Marvin Bernard, the Nicaraguan outfielder is fighting for his job again with
Calvin Murray and newly acquired Shinjo from the Mets in centerfield. The
Giants, who finished second last season just 2 games behind the World Champions
Arizona Diamondbacks should be in the race and could win their division this
Oakland Athletics who lost their lead off hitter Johnny Damon and their cleanup
hitter and MVP Jason Giambi are in good shape with lots of rookies in their
files. Carlos Peña could be the new superstar at first base, while
Dominican shortstop Miguel Tejada could be hitting higher in the lineup and
Venezuelan catcher Ramon Hernandez is poised to have a great season. The reigning
champions of the American League West, should repeat again with that great
young pitching staff: Hudson-Mulder-Zito-Liddle and their acquisition as closer,
Billy Koch, coming out of the bullpen throwing 100 mph fastballs.
2002 Major League season should be an exciting one with Sammy Sosa going for
60 or more home runs again, the Yankees trying to make it back to the Fall
Classic and Barry Bonds of the Giants trying to get "close" to his
73 home run season of 2001. Enjoy the season and the 30% of Latino players
showing their great skills among all 30 teams.
Museum At Fanfest
Fort Mason, San
February 2, 2002
The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum participated in coordination with KNBR
at the 2002 Giants Fanfest. Thousands of fans enjoyed the day with some of
their favorite Giants players from the past and present while the Hispanic
Heritage Baseball Museum displayed part of its memorabilia collection. The
Giants's Hispanic Heritage is evident since the Giants were pioneers in the
signing of Latino ballplayers, from the Alou brothers, to Jose Pagan, Juan
Marichal and Orlando Cepeda. The Giants have a rich tradition with the Hispanic
Coliseum, Oakland, February 9, 2002 The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum
celebrated with the Oakland Athletics during their Fanfest inside the Coliseum.
On display were the uniforms of the Oakland A's Campy Campeneris and Reginaldo
Martinez Jackson. Many A's fans dropped by to "talk baseball" as
well as to reminisce some of the great A's Latino ball players.
13, 2002: At Raley's Field in Sacramento: HHBM President and Founder Gabe
"Tito" Avila, will throw out the first pitch prior to game at 7:05PM
between the Sacramento River Cats and the visiting Nashville Sounds.
7, 2002: "Noche de Béisbol" at Modesto A's Stadium. HHBM
will have a display prior to the game at 7:05PM between Modesto A's and Lake
8, 2002: At Raley's Field in Sacramento. HHBM Vice President Amaury Pi-González
and Spanish Voice of the San Francisco Giants will throw out the first pitch
prior to the game at 7:05PM between the Sacramento River Cats and the Las
The Hispanic Heritage Museum is a
non-profit organization established in San Francisco, California in 1999.
you are not a member and would like to join us in this exciting and fulfilling
enterprise, call us at 1-877-BAT-HHBM.
San Francisco Giants will broadcast these games of the 2002 season in the
Spanish language with Amaury
Pi-González and Erwin Higueros on radio KZSF 1370 AM "La Caliente".
Opening Day is April 5, 2002