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By Amanda Rodriguez 

The comparison is a distinction unlike any other in baseball. 

Hector Espino was called – simply – “The Mexican Babe Ruth.” 

Statistics from his era can be somewhat imperfect, but Espino is credited with 484 home runs in the summer Mexican League, as well as 310 additional bombs in the winter Mexican Pacific League. 

By Max Miller 

Jorge Pasquel was one of five wealthy brothers who inherited the fortune of their father, a shipping magnate. The brothers reportedly built their fortune up to $60 million by acting in effect as customs control for Mexico. 

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By Connor O’Gara 

Sandy Alomar Sr. knew a thing or two about adjusting to change. He knew how to adjust his throw to avoid a baserunner sliding into second base. He knew how to adapt to any position he was asked to play in the field. He even knew how to adjust and thrive playing baseball in a foreign land without any previous knowledge of the English language.

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By Cassidy Lent

Dennis Martinez was El Presidente, and not even the most powerful man in Martinez’s home nation of Nicaragua could rival the durable right-handed pitcher’s popularity in that Central American country.

George Herman Babe Ruth was an American original, baseball's first great slugger and the most celebrated athlete of his time. (NBHOF Library)

You don’t earn nicknames like “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Colossus of Clout” or “The Great Bambino” from doing the ordinary.

Babe Ruth was not only a baseball legend, he was a giant of the game and American culture. Some of the wild and outrageous stories about him are true. Some are not. And many fall somewhere in between.

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By Connor O’Gara

Mike Gonzalez wore a lot of different hats throughout his time in Major League Baseball. As a catcher, Gonzalez played for five different clubs in a career that spanned 20 years. After his playing days were over, the Havana, Cuba native spent 20 more years coaching baseball, including stints in 1938 and 1940 when he served as the interim manager for the St. Louis Cardinals. The managerial hat was a rarity for Latinos as Gonzalez became one of the first pioneers in that category in Major League Baseball.

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By Connor O’Gara

Baseball players are considered memorable if they achieved success in the city in which they played in.

Tony Fernandez, on the other hand, left his mark on three countries.

The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native, spent his 17-year Major League career playing America’s game – and helped bring a World Series title to a hockey country. Fernandez’s road to international baseball success started when he was just a kid with a dream.

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By Kimberly McCray

Pedro Cepeda, affectionately known as “Perucho” or “The Bull,” was not only father to a great ballplayer, Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, but was a baseball star himself.

By Lindsey Hale

Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Florida, Angel Hernandez grew up watching his dad umpire baseball games. In 1993, Hernandez followed in his father’s footsteps and beyond, becoming one of the first Hispanic Major League Baseball umpires.

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By Cassidy Lent 

Fernando Valenzuela was a nineteen-year-old native from Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, who had only been in the United States for two years when he entered the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a September call-up in 1980 and pitched 17 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. 

Twelve months later, Fernandomania took the baseball world by storm. And Valenzuela became an overnight sensation. 

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