Queens senator honors first Latino MLB player on Colombian Independence Day


State Senator Jessica Ramos unveiled a new tombstone for the first Latino to play in Major League Baseball on Tuesday, July 20, at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing.

Ramos independently wanted to find more Colombians from Queens that had made a great impact on society. 

“Growing up in Queens, I didn’t exactly have too many Colombian Americans to look up to,” Ramos said. “I tried to do as much research as I could to find out if there was anyone here in Queens who had done anything notable, who really exemplified our hard work, our tenacity and our dedication.”