The Juarense Athlete’s Hall of Fame has a long tablecloth this month. 35 years have passed since its establishment on September 9. During this period, it forged 250 people who were enthroned for different disciplines and sports chronicles.
Like any ambitious project, it is not easy to get started, and various obstacles must be overcome so that today we can show off this fairyland.
Hall of Fame member Armando Díaz Mariñelarena recalled that it was the news reporter Raymundo Cordero’Casimiro’ who encouraged a group of people. Each of them had different activities, but sport was a common indicator, creating a Hall of Fame for athletes (Jiudad Juárez of Juárez). ) After he was invited to vote for the Monterey baseball team.
“In June 1985, they were invited to Monterrey to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. Everyone signed up, but Mario Baldemar González Leija only went there. He met with Monterrey. Chairman of the Hall of Fame.”
On April 9, 1986, the first board of directors of the Juarez Immortal Compound was established. Mario González Leija was the first president, the vice president was Mario Yague, the secretary Antonio Barrón and the treasurer Humberto Rodríguez · Camacho (Humberto Rodríguez Camacho).
The first task for the slightly more than 40 first members is to obtain the resumes of the candidates who will be enthroned in the first generation.
“November 20, 1986 is a day of historic significance, because the first generation of athletes ascended the throne, and 22 athletes ascended the throne. The ceremony was held at the Pronaf National Academy of Fine Arts. The then mayor Alfredo Urías Cantú and his servants served as the sport. The person in charge attended the meeting,” Armando Díaz commented.
As anecdotal data, after the ceremony, they forgot the plates in the Pronaf building until Rito Ortega, who was in charge of the INBA at the time, warned that if they did not, he would take them to the old iron plate. Then, they proposed to appoint them as mayor. Mario González accepted the position, but due to party reasons, some partners were not satisfied with it and decided to withdraw from the board of directors.
For the third generation, in 1988, they asked the mayor Jaime Bermúdez to donate a piece of land, but the person who made the proposal was not suitable for any construction until they donated the land they currently live in under the management of Jess Macías.
Construction of the building began in 1991, and in 1994, the 9th generation, the first enthronement ceremony was held within the current enclosure.
Díaz Mariñelarena said: “The construction of this building was undertaken by the construction company Vista del Sol. The engineer was Marcelo Aníbal Portillo Flores. He and his son Octavio Portillo provided their work for free.”