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The First Foreign-Born Latino Player In Major League History Wasn’t Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican Or Mexican

This year, nearly 30 percent of all players in Major League Baseball were born outside of the United States. Out of 868 players, 29.8 percent are foreign-born, the majority of them from countries in Latin America.

So, who was the first foreign-born Latino to play in the Major Leagues? The evidence points to Louis Castro, a Colombian-born pelotero who arrived to the United States in 1885, when he was just 8 years old. The son of a banker from Medellin, Colombia, Castro grew up in New York, where he played college ball at Manhattan College.

A second baseman and outfielder, Castro signed with the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League in 1902 (the Athletics eventually moved to Kansas City in 1955, then Oakland in 1968). That’s him in the bottom row, far left:

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According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Castro was far from being the most talented player on the team (he batted .245), but was well regarded by teammates for his sense of humor and quick wit. Baseball writer Leonte Landino told Smithsonian Magazine that although Castro had darker skin than many of his teammates, he identified as white, which meant he didn’t face discrimination like black players of that era:

“Castro was a white player. Even though he was a Latino, he was white, and they didn’t have any problem with that.”

His stint with the Athletics only lasted 42 games, and by the following season, Castro was out of the league.

Years after Castro’s death, there were questions about where he was actually born. News articles from his playing days make it clear he was seen as a foreign-born player, but some people believed he was Venezuelan, not Colombian. As researchers continued to dig, they found a ship’s log and a financial assistance form the final years of Castro’s life which listed his place of birth as New York. Had Castro been lying the whole time? Probably not. Researchers believe Castro may have claimed American citizenship to avoid being deported or to help his chances at getting financial assistance.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, a biographer named Nick Martinez found a document that appeared to have the answer to the question of Castro’s birthplace. Martinez found a passenger list from the S.S. Colon, a ship that arrived in the United States in 1885. One of the passengers was an 8-year-old named Master Louis Castro and another person with the same last name listed as N. Castro. Martinez believes that name belongs to Louis’ father, Nestor Castro.

That would make Castro the first foreign-born Latino to play in the Major Leagues.

Although Castro made history decades ago, Colombian pelotero Orlando Cabrera told MLB.com in 2007 that most Colombians weren’t aware of him until recently: “Back home, I talk to players about him all the time. Nobody [back home] knew until the ’90s that he was from Colombia, that the first Latin player was from Colombia. They didn’t teach us about him in school or anything.”

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

Dana Hutchings, 41, entered a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game in 2019. He choked and died during the contest and now his son has filed a lawsuit against the baseball team.

The son of a man who died from a taco eating contest is suing for wrongful death.

Dana Hutchings, 41, died after choking during a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the event organizers were not equipped to host the event. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the organizers failed to provide a medical response team.

“People say all the time he knew what he was getting into, well clearly he didn’t,” Martin Taleisnik, an attorney representing Hutchings’ son, Marshall told CBS17.

Marshall and his attorney are pushing back at the notion that Dana should have known better.

People have sounded off on social media criticizing the family for filing the lawsuit. Yet, the family and their attorney are calling attention to the lack of information given to contestants.

“If you don’t know all the pitfalls, how can you truly be consenting and participating freely and voluntarily? It’s a risk that resulted in a major loss to Marshall,” Taleisnik told CBS17.

Dana’s family is seeking a monetary settlement from the Fresno Grizzlies owners.

The wrongful death lawsuit names Fresno Sports and Events as the responsible party. The lawsuit also notes that alcohol was made available to contestants and added to the likelihood of the tragedy.

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” a statement from the Fresno Grizzlies read after the death in 2019. “The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

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Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

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