The Jose Uribe Sportsmanship Award was presented to Wilmer Flores by Amaury PI-Gonzalez, Vice President of the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and American Spanish Broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics and Bay Area legend for over 40 years in the Hispanic broadcasting field, on Sunday September 18, at Oracle Park, San Francisco California. The award is presented annually to a San Francisco Giants player who best exemplifies the spirit of Jose Uribe, a San Francisco Giants shortstop from the Dominican Republic who played in the 1989 earthquake “stricken” World Series. The award was created by the founder, President, and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame, Tito Avila, due to Jose’s untimely death in 2006 due to a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, during the Orlando Cepeda statue dedication at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California, the award was presented for the first time to Benji Molina, San Francisco Giants catcher, in 2009.
Preserving the history of Hispanic players