For Latinos living in the United States, party time continues.
Last week, the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month began.
It's the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.
Every year Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.
As a very proud Latino in this country, I have to acknowledge that one of the most notable contributions to the nation’s history is baseball itself, and by now many of you baseball fans really know the turnout of Latinos in Major League Baseball history.
It is very true that baseball is the national pastime, but it also must be recognized that no matter where you look, there is a Latino star on most teams.
I recently wrote my opinion of the best nine All-Time Latinos for each franchise. This time I want to bring you whom I consider the top 20 Latinos by country in Major League Baseball History.
Santos Alomar Jr.
José Cruz Sr.
Tony Armas Sr.
Let's not forget the greats from Central America, such as Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez and Panama's Rod Carew, Ben Oglivie, Carlos Lee, and Mariano Rivera; and the great shortstops from Colombia, Orlando Cabrera y Edgar Renteria.