In the Latino culture, athletes appear greater than super heroes. They represent hope and accomplishment. These larger than life figures are bigger, faster and stronger than us mere mortal non-athletes, and we come out in droves to support their god-given talents and abilities. 

Recently, the Latino community lost one of these fallen heroes. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras, was killed in a car accident near his home in the Dominican Republic. Tavares was 22-years-old and the #3 prospect in all of baseball. He hit a pinch-hit two run home run in game two of the NLCS to tie the game, another larger than life moment. 

His funeral was this week and thousands of people flocked to the cemetary to pay tribute to a man that many never met, but that the world adored and watched in awe of his gifts on the baseball diamond. We often never think of our ahtletic heroes as mortals who could befall tragedy. These icons live in the spotlight and carry the burden of our adulation for them. When one of these icons fall, the magnitue of their loss sends seismic waves across our emotional capacities. Often times, we have never met in person or seen these superheroes, but we had the privilege to walk among them, and that alone makes us feel connected. 

As we mourn the loss of Oscar Taveras, we thought we'd look back at some of the other Latino Athletes over the past half-century who have left this world too soon. Many of these names might be familiar to you, many might bring forth emotional memories of where you were and what you were doing the day you heard they died. Although we could not honor all of the Latino Athletes who have died young, we felt these 10 athletes, like Taveras, needed to be remembered, and at the very least, their tragic stories told again...