New Latino HOF announces inaugural class

By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com

05/15/10 5:25 PM ET

The new Latino Baseball Hall of Fame has decided on its inaugural class of 25 standout Latin ballplayers and broadcasters.

The inductees will be divided into three groups — “Cooperstown Historic,” “Veterans Committee” and “Permanent Induction Committee” — to be inducted in the Dominican Republic on May 29.

Making up the “Cooperstown Historic” group will be: Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico), Juan Marichal (Dominican Republic), Luis Aparicio (Venezuela), Rod Carew (Panama), Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rico), Tony Perez (Cuba), Martin Dihigo (Cuba), Jose de la Caridad Mendez (Cuba), Cristobal Torriente (Cuba), executive Alejandro Pompez (Cuba), journalist Eloy “Buck” Canel (Argentina), broadcaster Jaime Jarrin (Ecuador) and broadcaster Felo Ramirez (Cuba).

In the “Veterans Committee (for those active before 1959), it will be: Pancho Coimbre (Puerto Rico), Beto Avila (Mexico), Alfonso Carrasquel (Venezuela), Tetelo Vargas (Dominican), Orestes Minoso (Cuba) and Bobby Maduro (Cuba; Special Award for Outstanding Latino Baseball Personality).

And rounding out the “Permanent Induction Committee” (active after ’59) is: Roberto Alomar (Puerto Rico), Dave Concepcion (Venezuela), Felipe Alou (Dominican), Camilo Pascual (Cuba), Hector Espino (Mexico) and Peter O’Malley (winner of the Tommy Lasorda Award for outstanding non-Latino personality).

The Latino Hall will celebrate with induction ceremonies on May 23-30. Nominees will be inducted at the Altos de Chavon amphitheatre in Casa de Campo.

Announced in December, the Hall will be structured much like the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The inductees were announced a couple of weeks ago at the Hall’s headquarters in the Dominican Republic and then passed along via news release on Friday.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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