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Celebration - The Heritage of Baseball Stars


The heritage of baseball stars can be confusing or complex, and a name tells only part of the story. Families move to different countries for political, economic or social reasons, creating new opportunities and, sometimes, divided loyalties.

U.S.-born Adrián González has lived in both California and Mexico, played in youth and pro leagues on both sides of border and represented Mexico in both the Caribbean Series and the World Baseball Classic.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Puerto Rico, Mariners long-time designated hitter Édgar Martínez wore this jersey in his final game, October 3, 2004.

Cap worn by 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell, born to Cuban parents in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami

Alfonso Soriano's career began with the Hiroshima Carp's academy in his native Dominican Republic. He played in Japan in 1996 and 1997 before signing a U.S. contract.

Ball from the 1999 All-Star Futures Game signed by the MVP, New York Yankees minor leaguer Alfonso Soriano, who hit two homers

Jersey from the 2004 All-Star Game, worn by Texas Rangers Alfonso Soriano, who earned the Midsummer Classic MVP Award with a decisive homer off Roger Clemens

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, whose mother is of Puerto Rican descent, was known as Mike when he wore this helmet with the Marlins in 2011. The next year Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton asked that others use his true first name.

Texas veteran Michael Young wore this jersey on August 7, 2011 while recording his 2,000th career hit. Young, Mexican-American on his mother's side, is the Rangers' all-time hits leader.