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Luis Gonzalez, best known as Gonzo, is one of the most respected and well-liked players in Major League Baseball, and rightfully so. The classy Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder has played for four major league teams, but his emergence as a marquee player and premier run-producer coincided with his arrival in Arizona, where he hit .336, led the league with 206 hits and drove in 111 runs to lead the D-backs to the their first world championship.

It was no small task, considering that no major league team had ever won the World Series in its first five years of existence, and Gonzalez punctuated that dream season by delivering the game-winning hit off Mariano Rivera in Game 7. It was a bloop single hardly characteristic of his fabulous season but it was characteristic of the way Gonzo has gone about his career and his off-field contributions to the community. Whatever it takes to get the job done, he's going to do it.

He was nominated to be the Diamondbacks' candidate for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2001 and there isn't enough space here to list all the charitable events and associations to which he has given his time.  Yet he and his wife, Christine, established the "Kids Going Gonzo for School" program in the Phoenix area and he also has worked closely with the Make A Wish Foundation and the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Luis was named to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 and was sworn in by President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.

Luis also has served on the Board of Directors for the Houston chapter of the American Cancer Society, has been a spokesman for the Life Gift organ donation program and was named Houston's 1997 Sportsman of the Year by the RBI Foundation. He is involved with "Arizona Quest for Kids" program that helps disadvantaged Hispanic elementary students and has worked closely with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sunshine Acres orphanage, and the Partnership for a Drug Free America – Arizona Chapter.  Clearly, community service has been a cornerstone of his baseball career.  Luis and Christine Gonzalez reside in Scottsdale, Arizona with their three triplet children, Megan, Jacob, and Alyssa.