September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) and to highlight the event, this blog will highlight people living with disabilities in the Latino community. Freddy Sanchez is an infielder for the San Francisco Giants; he is also a World Series champion and the first player in Major League history to record 3 doubles in his first 3 World Series at-bats.
Sanchez was born with a severely pigeon-toed left foot and a club right foot. At the time, doctors’ diagnoses were that he would never walk. He underwent surgery at 13 months followed by years of physical therapy before he could walk properly. After an outstanding high school career and a 2-year trek through the Minor leagues, Sanchez made his MLB debut for the Boston Red Sox on August 10, 2002. In 2006 Sanchez made the National League’s all-star team receiving over 850,000 write-in votes, the most of all MLB players. It was in 2010 that he helped the Giants win the World Series; their first championship since the team relocated to San Francisco from New York City in 1958.