1996 Inductee - Veto R. Ramirez


1996 Inductee - Veto R. Ramirez

Sports, Education, Community involvement

Mr. Ramirez, founder of the Mexican American Hall of Fame has achieved many great accomplishments in his lifetime. His most cherished accomplishment is the fact that he graduated in 1956 from the University of the Pacific earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. He also holds a lifetime credential in teaching and counseling.

Mr. Ramirez has served 40 years in his professional career and is still extremely devoted and committed to his occupation; of helping the youth achieve their goals and dreams through academics, sports, and community involvement. “To receive this award of service to this community is one of the most meaningful awards an educator can receive in his lifetime. To be recognized for your outstanding contribution to motivate and inspire the youth to today is something I will always treasure.” Mr. Ramirez states with pride. He holds this honor to be the highlight of his career. “To be commended for an honorable profession you love, a career that you have given 40 years of your life, is more than a man can ask. As an educator, sports activist, and community leader, it has been my goal to assist the youth to further their education and if possible promote involvement in sports activities and in the community.”

Mr. Ramirez is not a new comer to the world of “Hall of Famers”. He has been inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 as an all around athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He has also been inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame as state champions in 1992 for the Karl Ross American Legion for baseball.

Besides being the founder of the Stockton/San Joaquin County Mexican American Hall of Fame in 1990, he was also the founder of the Academic Hall of Fame in 1988 at Edison High School and started the San Joaquin County “All Academic Team” recognized by the Stockton Record. He as been “Teacher of the Year” at Edison High School and Hispanic “Man of the Year”, and “Coach of the Year in 1965.

At a very young age he planned to be successful. He had personal goals and dreams which he has achieved. His dreams to become a teacher, coach, and professional athlete have all come to reality. For 38 years, he has been a major league scout for the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and the Colorado Rockies.

He has made a difference in the lives of the students and people in this community more than he will ever know. He will never be forgotten by the students he has touched with his inspiration and encouragement. As counselor to hundreds of students, it has been through his efforts and dedication to each individual’s well being that he made a tremendous impact in this community.