Rene Cardenas is the newest member of the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor.
The former Spanish broadcaster and current media member was inducted this past Saturday during a pregame ceremony. Each season, a current or former Houston media member is elected by his or her peers. Cardenas joins Anita Martini, Neil Hohlfeld, Mickey Herskowitz, Gene Elston, Bill Brown, and Milo Hamilton as members of the Media Wall of Honor.
“I am so happy and grateful for this honor, especially because I was elected by my peers,” Cardenas said. “My colleagues see me every night here at the ballpark, and to have made an impression on this group of individuals means a great deal. It is a wonderful honor.“
Cardenas, a native of Managua, Nicaragua, started his professional baseball broadcast career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958, becoming one of the first members of a Spanish radio broadcast team in the history of Major League Baseball. Cardenas was also part of the first Spanish radio broadcast team to call a World Series (1959) and an All-Star Game (1961).
Judge Roy Hofheinz brought Cardenas into the Houston organization in 1962 as the Director of the Spanish Division for the Colt .45’s, and he stayed with the Astros through 1975. He also spent time with the Texas Rangers organization, where he started their very first Spanish radio broadcast. After his time in Arlington, Cardenas returned to the Dodgers where he did Spanish radio and TV broadcasts in the 1980s.
In 2000, Cardenas returned to Houston and began writing for the club. In 2007, he returned to Spanish radio broadcast and then became a television broadcaster for the team in 2008. He now writes for La Prensa, as well as the Astros Gameday Magazine and La Voz.
“I’m incredibly pleased that Rene is receiving this honor,” Astros President Reid Ryan said. “Rene Cardenas has been a part of this organization for so many years, and to recognize him this way, through a vote of his peers, speaks to the impact he has had on everyone around him.”
Cardenas is also in both the Texas Rangers and former LA Dodgers Walks of Fame, and he has been nominated for the Ford C. Frick award three times (1993, 2010, 2011).