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July 24, 2013

Breaking a barrier

Local coach related to first Puerto Rican to play in Majors


Overall Hiram Bithorn played four years in the MLB – three with the Chicago Cubs and one season with the White Sox. He won 34 games while posting an ERA of 3.16.

To honor hometown hero Hiram Bithorn, the municipality of San Juan built and dedicated a baseball stadium in his name – Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Since 1962, the stadium has hosted MLB games, Puerto Rican league baseball games and most recently rounds of the World Baseball Classic. The stadium pays homage to the memory of Bithorn and the sacrifice he made by enduring all the trials and criticism against Latin players, while paving a way for all Puerto Ricans that dream to play in the major leagues.

Andrew Kivette is the 2013 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development

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