Luis  Alamia, Jr.

Ramon O. Cantu

Inducted: 1995

Best Known For: Baseball Promoter

Hometown: Edinburg

Known as “Mr. Baseball,” he was a major promoter of baseball in the Valley for over 20 years, and one of the leading stewards of the strong semi-pro tradition in the area.

Ramon O. Cantu helped shape the careers of hundreds of local baseball players by sponsoring and organizing teams Valley-wide. He was part of the push to create the Harlingen Capitols in 1950 and also led the Edinburg Merchants in the mid-1950s.

He backed the famed Joe Davis Ginners in 1963 when they won the National Baseball Congress state title in Lubbock, a team led by Felipe Leal and Johnny Flowers, among others.

Cantu was instrumental in the success of the Salazar Grocery All-Stars, who were dominant in the late 1960s in the South Texas League of the National Baseball Association.

Without this innovative promoter, Valley baseball would have suffered greatly in the 1950s and 1960s.