Sports stars make crowds go wild. And Hispanic athletes get a lot of cheers. Hispanic Heritage Month started on September 15. Take a look at some big names in sports!
Vernon Louis Gomez joined the New York Yankees in 1930. The pitcher threw with his left hand. His nickname was “Lefty.” Gomez helped his team to a World Series win in 1932. Then, he did it again in 1936 and the next three years!
Jim Plunkett had a lot of firsts. He was a football champ at Stanford University. In 1970, Plunkett was the first Latino to win the Heisman Trophy. He later joined the Oakland Raiders. In 1980, Plunkett was the first Hispanic quarterback to win a Super Bowl!
Dara Torres just keeps swimming. She entered her first contest at 14 years old. Over her career, she earned 12 Olympic medals. In 2008, Torres made history. She was the oldest swimmer to ever compete in the Olympics! She was 41. Torres got three silver medals. She wrote a book called Age is Just a Number.
Carmelo Anthony sure can shoot! The basketball star is a new Houston Rocket. He has been an NBA All-Star 10 times. In 2013, he was the top scorer in the league. Anthony also has three Olympic gold medals. The star shooter’s father was from Puerto Rico. Anthony built basketball courts there!
Laurie Hernandez is only 18. But she’s already traveled the world doing gymnastics! The teen started the sport when she was 5. Her big moment came in 2016. She made the U.S. Olympic team. Hernandez helped her team to a gold medal. She also took silver in the balance beam event. Now, Hernandez has her eyes on the 2020 Olympics!
Updated October 8, 2018, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan
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