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Matador Legend Tells Emotional Story of Perseverance

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Published on Mar 2, 2012

At the 2012 Matador Hall of Fame Luncheon, Larry Ramirez '71 (Kinesiology), MA '72 (Education) held an audience of Cal State Northridge alumni, administrators and former athletes spellbound with a tale of personal courage in turbulent times. Nationally ranked among the top pitchers in college baseball over the 1969 and 1970 seasons, Ramirez looked back on the struggles he faced as a Native American athlete in the civil rights era, the family demons that haunted him, the team that rallied around him and the coaches and mentors who brought the best out of him on and off the field. At the Feb. 19 event at the Warner Center Marriot Hotel,  Ramirez's legacy was officially recognized by the university, along with fellow inductees Bill Cullum (head coach of men's golf, 1965-86), John Tronson '90 (Health Education), one of the top soccer players in school history (1984-86), and the 1983 softball team.

video directed and shot by Jacquil Constant
produced and edited by Krishna Narayanamurti
co-produced by Tom Ford
executive producers: Vance Peterson, Stacy Lieberman and Rick Mazzuto
special thanks: Dominique Muñoz, Bridget Sullivan, Erin Kiser, Braden Villanueva, and Shanté Morgan
© 2012 California State University, Northridge.

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