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Puerto Rico's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Puerto Rico's Sports Rushmore are below:

Roberto Clemente (Carolina) -
He's the only Puerto Rican with 3000 hits. The Hall of Famer was the 1966 NL MVP and won 12 Gold Gloves.

Ivan Rodriguez (Manati) -
The 1999 AL MVP is a 14-time All-Star with 13 Gold Gloves and a 2003 World Series.

Wilfredo Benitez -
Born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Benitez won titles in three separate divisions and finished with a record of 53-8-1.

Jose Ortiz -
A member of the Puerto Rican basketball team from 1983-2004, Ortiz played in four Olympics and was the Pac-10 Player of year at Oregon State in 1987.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Roberto Alomar (Ponce)
- 12-time All-Star, won 2 World Series with TOR, career .300 hitter, 10 Gold Gloves

Carlos Beltran (Manati)
- 1999 AL ROY, 4-time All-Star, 3 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, 8 HR in 2004 Postseason

Hiram Bithorn (Santurce)
- First Puerto Rican in MLB (4 seasons), youngest Mgr. in history of PR Winter Ball (22)

Hector Camacho (Bayamon)
- 2-time WBC and 2-time WBO World Champion, 79-5-2 (38 KO) professional record

Orlando Cepeda (Ponce)
- 1958 NL ROY, 1967 NL MVP, 7 All-Star seasons, won '67 WS, member of Baseball HOF

Miguel Cotto (Caguas)
- Former WBO light welterweight and WBA welterweight champion, 32-1 professional record

Carlos Delgado (Aguadilla)
- 469 HR is most ever by Puerto Rican, 2-time All-Star, 3-time Silver Slugger winner

Gigi Fernandez (San Juan)
- 17 Grand Slam doubles titles, 2 Olympic golds, Puerto Rico's "Female Athlete of the Century"

Juan Gonzalez (Arecibo)
- 2-time AL MVP, 3-time All-Star, 6 Silver Sluggers, 434 career HR, 2-time AL HR champion

Chi Chi Rodriguez (Rio Piedras)
- World Golf Hall of Fame, 22 wins and 2 majors on Champions Tour, 8 wins on PGA Tour

Juan Pizarro (Santurce)
- 131 wins are the most by any Puerto Rican, 2-time All-Star, won 1957 WS with Milwaukee

Jose Torres (Ponce)
- Silver at '56 Olympics, World Lt. Heavyweight Champ., 41-3-1 (29 KO) prof. record

Felix Trinidad (Fajardo)
- 5-time world champ, 2000 Ring Magazine Fighter OTY, 42-3 (35 KO) professional record

Bernie Williams (San Juan)
- Won 4 World Series with NYY, 5-time All-Star, 4 Gold Gloves, 1998 AL Batting Champion

Other potential nominees: Benito Santiago (Ponce), Ruben Sierra (Rio Piedras), Roberto Hernandez (Santurce), Javier Lopez (Ponce), Willie Montanez (Catano)