It was a historic moment in the world of NASCAR this weekend. The association welcomed its first Latino driver - Puerto Rican Victor Gonzalez Jr. According to Fox News Latino, Gonzalez is the first Caribbean-born racer to drive a stock car in an official Sprint Cup race.
In honor of this historic NASCAR moment, we've rounded up 21 other notable Latino first moments in sports:
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A Cuban baseball star that played for six seasons in the United States – three in the National Association of Base Ball Players and three in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players – Bellan joined the Troy Haymakers in 1869. He was the first Latino to play professional baseball in the U.S.
Adolfo “Dolf” Luque
Luque was the first Latino to play in a World Series game. In 1919, he was the relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds against the Black Sox. In 1967, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel
Carrasquel was from Caracas, Venezuela. He was the first Latino in MLB history to start in an All-Star game in 1951. Throughout his career, he played as a shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles.
The first Latino to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award, the Venezuelan-born shortstop played in MLB for 18 seasons – from 1956 to 1973.
Dominican-born former San Francisco Giants pitcher Marichal, who retired in 1975, was the first Latino player to pitch a no-hitter during a June 1963 game against the Houston Colt .45s. He was later named to ten All-Star teams.
Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico in 1934, Clemente was the first Latino to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also the first Latino player to win a World Series as a starter, receive an MVP award and receive a World Series MVP award.
Arturo “Arte” Moreno
In 2003, Moreno bought the Anaheim Angels, making him the first Latino owner of any major U.S. sports franchise. Two years later he renamed the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Born Luis Manuel Castro in Medellin, Colombia, Lou was the first Latin American born player to play in Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in April 1902 playing for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Born in 1889, Espinosa was the first Hispanic-American golfer and is best known for being the first Hispanic to win a PGA Tour at the 1928 Western Open.
Ignacio “Lou” Molinet
Cuban-born Molinet signed on to play in the NFL in 1927; making him the first Latino professional football player. He played for the Frankford Yellow Jackets and was paid $50 per game.
Retired Houston Comets player, Lobo, was the first Latina to play in the WNBA, joining the league in 1997. She played for the New York Liberty during her inaugural season.
The mixed martial artist became the first female to sign with the UFC in November 2012.
The Cuban-born former professional basketball player was the first Latino to be an NBA Draft pick in 1969. He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics, but never joined the team. Although Cueto didn’t go on to play in the NBA, he did play two seasons in the American Basketball Association.
In 1941, Aguirre was the first Latino to join the NFL based off an NFL draft pick. He was the 100th pick during round 11 of the draft.
A retired quarterback and football coach, Flores was the first Latino starting quarterback. He was also the first minority head coach in professional football history to win a Super Bowl.
The Mexican-American former NFL Quarterback was the first Latino to be the number one pick during round one in an NFL draft. He was drafted in 1971 to play for the New England Patriots.
Former NFL Wide Receiver Fears was the first Latino to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1967, he became the first Latino head coach of an NFL team.
Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez
In 1948, tennis player Gonzalez became the first Latino Grand Slam championship winner. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.
Golfer Lopez became the first Latina LPGA Hall of Fame inductee in 1987. In 1978, she became the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award, Player of the Year Award and the Vare Trophy all in the same season.
The Puerto Rican boxer became the first Latino heavyweight champion in 2001 after defeating Evander Holyfield.