Native American Pitcher to be Inducted into CSUN Hall of Fame

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First Native American Pitcher to Pitch a Winning Complete Game Will be Inducted into California State University Northridge Hall of Fame

Native American Athlete, Pitcher Larry Ramirez

On Saturday, February 28, Native American Indian pitcher Larry Ramirez, will be inducted into the California State University Northridge Baseball Hall of Fame along with other members of the 1970 College Division National Championship team. The induction ceremony will take place at 11:30 am on the Matador Baseball Field in Northridge, CA before the CSUN vs. Texas Tech game.

Ramirez, the high-kicking, hard-throwing right-hander, pitched a 5-hitter against Missouri State, striking out 10 batters to put CSUN into the championship game. Missouri had previously beaten Cal State Northridge (then called Valley State) on the first day of the tournament, cranking out 15 hits. He is the first Native American athlete to pitch a winning complete game in the College World Series.

Ramirez, a TOPPS preseason All American and had been nursing an injury all season, but was called upon to put Missouri State out of the tournament. His lifetime E.R.A. was 1.98 over two seasons and 300 innings. Still a second all-time in lifetime E.R.A. at Cal State Northridge, he holds wins over USC, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Long Beach and many other top college teams. For more info, go to:

A Pascua Yaqui Native American Indian (Tucson, AZ), Larry Ramirez was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and is the only Native American athlete to pitch a winning complete game in the College World Series. Today, he lives with his wife (author of Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting - and two children, Dakotah and Coltan, in Reno, NV, where he has lived for over twenty years. Ramirez was born in Riverside, CA.

This recent recognition is bittersweet for Ramirez who is disabled. Twelve years after his baseball career came to an end, he was hit head-on by a driver who crossed over the center divider and died, leaving him permanently disabled. After one year in the hospital and three years in a wheelchair, he struggled to learn how to walk again with the help of leg braces and crutches. Ramirez attributes the mental toughness gained playing baseball to his ability to get out of the wheelchair.

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