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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:54 pm | Updated: 4:00 pm, Fri Sep 12, 2014.

Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez was inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Laredo, Texas. Gonzalez was the 16th Major League Baseball player to be inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame that will also honor Tino Martinez as well as seven additional athletes and professionals this Saturday.

Gonzalez is one of only 19 players in Major League history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI, joining Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Andre Dawson, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, Tony Perez, Cal Ripken, Jr., Frank Robinson, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Dave Winfield and Carl Yastrzemski, as well as Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr., Chipper Jones, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez.

The Cuban-American played 19 years in the big leagues, compiling 596 career doubles, the 15th-highest total in baseball history. He posted a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI during his career with the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and D-backs.

The five-time All-Star retired as the D-backs’ all-time leader in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391).

PHX3on3 tourney opens registration

The PHX3on3 is a new 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to the streets of downtown Phoenix April 19-20. Open to all ages, whether competitive, recreational or spectating, this tournament promises to be an exciting event for families and hoop fans alike. Registration opened on Monday via online at www.PHX3on3.net and forms are available for pickup at various organizations around the Valley.

The PHX3on3 Divisions will include (grades 3-8), high school, co-ed, wheelchair, adult and adult elite. With 80 half-courts surrounding US Airways Center and several streets in downtown, the tournament is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators. PHX3on3 teams will come from schools, recreational facilities, club leagues, businesses and civil services such as police, fire departments and the military. There will even be a men’s and women’s wheelchair division.

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