On the occasion of the National Holidays of Mexico this 2021, we honor Mexicans who have had historical milestones in the sport outside the country, either on September 15 or 16.
September 15, 2018:
It was nothing more and nothing less than on the night of the scream when the Jalisco boxer Saúl Álvarez faced Kazakh Gennady Golovkin in the T-Mobile Arena in the second battle between the two fighters. The ‘Canelo’ won by unanimous decision and became world middleweight champion in the following organizations: WBC, WBO and OIB. The ‘Canelo’ celebrated by shouting, “Long live Mexico!”
September 16, 2015:
Javier Hernández scored one of Bayer Leverkusen’s 4 goals in a 4-1 win against BATE Borisov in the Champions League. It was a good start in Group E and the Germans went to the top above Barcelona. ‘Chicharito’ participated in 72 minutes of that match and fired 5 shots, 3 of them on target.
September 16, 2014:
Rick Renteria was the first MLB manager of Mexican descent and he gave the cry by winning his first game on Independence Day as the Cubs manager, 7-0 over the Reds.
September 16, 2011:
In 2011, former driver Adrián Fernández competed in the American LeMans in Monterrey. He finished third in the classification and the next day he took the victory in the same circuit to extend the celebration of the Independence of Mexico. It was the second win for a Mexican driver in the LMP1 class in American LeMans history. Pedro Rodríguez won in June 1961 in the French race.
September 15, 2010:
Playing for the Padres, Mexican-American Adrián González hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs against the Rockies. Gonzalez finished the night with 3 hits in 4 at-bats. However, San Diego lost the game, 9-6, because Troy Tulowitzki also hit 2 home runs and drove in 7 touchdowns for Colorado.
September 16, 2007:
The Guadalajara player Andrés Guardado scored his first goal as a Deportivo La Coruña player in a match against Real Betis on the third round of La Liga. The Galicians’ 1-0 win was the team’s first that season. Although he has played most of his career in Europe, to think of Guarded is to think of Mexico as he is the proud captain of Tri.
September 16, 1992:
Luis García scored a double in Atlético de Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Maribor in the first leg of the first round, or round of 32, of the Recopa de Europa. Atleti advanced to the second round 9-1 on aggregate. Mexico City’s ‘Doctor García’ would once again score a goal in the semifinals against Parma, but the Italians advanced to the final on away goals.
September 15, 1990:
Legendary striker Hugo Sánchez scored 2 of Real Madrid’s 3 goals to beat Mallorca, 3-0, on the third date of La Liga 1989-90. ‘Hugol’ would conquer the scoring title that season with an impressive score of 38 goals and thus became the ‘Pentapichichi’.
September 16, 1987:
Talented left-hander Teodoro Higuera pitched a complete game at Yankee Stadium and led the Brewers to victory, 5-4, in that game. The Los Mochis, Sinaloa pitcher allowed 4 runs, 6 hits, 4 walks and struck out 6 batters. That was the 11th of 12 complete game ‘Teddy’ threw in that campaign.
September 15, 1985:
The celebration of the Independence of Mexico inspired Hugo Sánchez on more than one occasion. Mexican pride scored the winning goal by the minimum for Real Madrid against Racing de Santander on Day 4 of La Liga. With a total of 22 goals, he would be the top scorer for the 1985-86 season.
September 15, 1980:
Was it coincidence or fate that the Mexican Major League Baseball player who would become the most famous made his debut one night of the scream? Sonoran Fernando Valenzuela, 19, made his MLB debut for the Dodgers in a 9-0 loss to the Braves. In two innings, ‘El Toro’ faced 9 batters as a reliever and allowed 1 hit and 2 dirty runs.