Our Deepest Condolences to the Family of El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1993 Honoree Enrique "Kiki" Gomez - - the instrumental version of "The Prayer" is offered as a final tribute . . . "From a Silver Past to a Golden Future - - We honor Excellence" . . . Welcome to the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame . . . For Tuesday December 1, 2015 we continue our "Elite 11" Roll Call showcasing our Inductees: El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Class of 2012 Honoree Armando Almanza the All City Pitcher at Bel Air High School, All Conference at New Mexico Junior College where he pitched the first “no-hitter” in school history, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, earned a ring with the 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins and he had a 7-year Major League Career with the Marlins, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks; Class of 1991 Honoree Arthur H. “Art” Mills who pitched professionally and was known as a top notch reliever; Class of 1998 Honoree Benjie Hunt the 3X All District selection for Bel Air High School who was later drafted in the third round by the Detroit Tigers in 1971 as a shortstop; Class of 1990 Honoree Beto Portugal who won 8 batting titles, 5 Gold Gloves, 2X "Outstanding Player" and 3X MVP during his Semi-Pro and Old Timers play and Class of 1996 Honoree Billy A. Borrego who during his Semi-Pro career won 324 games as a pitcher and lost 134, pitched in 24 All Star games, named MVP 9X and had a lifetime batting average of .408 . . . "Thank You" to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Director Barbara Lopez (2014 and 2015); "Thank You" to Matthew Leon for his pictures of our 2014 Golf Tournament and Banquet and "Thank You" to Lisa Osborne Brock and Patricia Jacobes for their pictures of our annual Hall of Fame Banquets from (2010-2013) all found by hitting the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Banquet Post on our Home Page . . . "Thank You" for your continued support!
Thomas J. “Tommy” Carrillo
Raul Real y Vasquez
Immediate Past President
Welcome to the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame: a 501(c)(3) “Non-Profit Tax Exempt Public Charity”
Bufe C. Morrison championed the idea of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. The stated purpose of the organization is “to honor individuals for outstanding performance over a substantial period of time in the sport of baseball in the El Paso Area. A reward for dedication, service or playing ability.”
The mission of the organization is found in its commitment to honoring and fostering a love for the game of baseball and the people who make it great in El Paso.
Bufe C. Morrison served as the first President with Victor Fayant serving as Vice President and Leo Forti as Secretary.
Inaugural Board Members Ray Sanchez, Joe Divis, Mike Barrueta and Bufe C. Morrison continue their service to our organization.
Andy Cohen is designated as the first person to be inducted. The “Original Class” of inductees also included Syd Cohen, Joe C. Hague, William C. “Nemo” Herrera, Jim Paul, Leo Forti, Gonzalo “Chalo” Garcia, Alberto “Beto” Mendez, Jim Ochoa and Bob Ingram.
Robert “Bob” Osborne served as President in 2010 and 2011
Larry Hernandez served as President in 2012 and 2013
Fernado Grado served as President in 2014
Tommy Carrillo serves as President beginning January 1, 2015
“Around the Horn”: Our Deepest Condolences to the Family of Class of 1993 Honoree Enrique “Kiki” Gomez
MEMBER UPDATE: (Send us your events, your birthdays, anniversaries, your honors, your updates so we can share with our Hall of Famers) – – hit the “Contact” link
Our 2015 Induction Week appears in the next “Post”
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame extends our deepest condolences to the Family of Class of 1993 Honoree Enrique “Kiki” Gomez. We offer Prayer for their comfort and strength during this difficult time for all who knew our baseball brother. Posted November 30, 2015
Our web site had 4,682 web site views for the week ending Sunday November 29, 2015. Last week we had 4,041 hits for the week ending Sunday November 22, 2015. The announcement of our Class of 2015 helped us shatter the previous record of 4,147 views with a new record of 5,226 for the week ending Sunday July 26. Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame web site was launched in August of 2010. Our web site reached 400,000 views on Thursday November 12, 2015 just 9 months after reaching the 300,000 mark. Sometime before 7 AM on Wednesday February 11, 2015, our web site reached 300,000 hits and did so in less than 4 1/2 years, “thank you”. “Thank You” to our Web Master Josh Rodgers for uploading our latest pictures and all photos onto our web site on a continuous basis since the inception in August 2010 of its launch. Posted November 29, 2015
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors voted to honor our Founder and Inaugural President Bufe C. Morrison by naming the annual El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame “Senior Player of the Year Award” as a tribute to his contributions and ongoing support. Posted May 6, 2015
Effective Dec. 2, 2013, The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame has been granted exempt status from the Texas franchise tax and the sales and use tax as 501(c)(3) organization. The exemption does not extend to the hotel occupancy tax. Posted July 1, 2014
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that our application has been reviewed and accepted and is now registered as a 501(c)(3) “Non-Profit Tax Exempt Public Charity” in accordance with its Tax Code. All donations to our organization are tax deductible as designated by the IRS tax laws. A special “thank you” to our legal counsel Alan Gluth and our CPA Kirk Patterson for their guidance in our application and its process. Posted June 10, 2014
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame was proud to partner with Warner Brothers for a preview screening of the movie “42” about the legendary Jackie Robinson on Wednesday April 10. The City of El Paso declared Wednesday April 10 as “Jackie Robinson 42 Day”. The event completely sold out of all available seats. Posted April 10, 2013
“From a Silver Past to a Golden Future – – We honor Excellence”
A special “thank you” to Coach Bob Osborne for our slogan. Posted May 7, 2012
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame wants to continue to include You in our communication. We ask that all of our Hall of Fame inductees send us your name, phone number and email address so that we may update our records. Thank you in advance. Any verifiable additions to “Inductee” bios are also welcome.
Please hit the “Contact” link at the top of our “Home Page” to send us your information or questions
» El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Banquet
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes our Class of 2015 Inductees: Paul Strelzin; Jerry Valdez; Taylor Paul; Juan Zaragoza and Leo Caraveo
A phenomenal job of leadership by our President Tom Carrillo provided the beginning and Mrs. Paul Strelzin flanked by her 3 daughters closed the Induction Banquet with a short well prepared and heart felt speech which brought tears and a lengthy standing ovation to conclude our 2015 Ceremony. Jerry Valdez led off our Inductees reflecting on the support by his Family and his gratitude for caring Coaches. Juan Zaragoza reflected on his medical challenges (diminished sight in one eye, battle with cancer, loss of a kidney) but with the constant support and encouragement of his Mother and Family he is Blessed and knows it as he continues playing even today. Leo Caraveo spoke of his Family and Friends and the consistent love and encouragement from his Parents and his gratitude for his Mother, Wife and Family being able to share the day with him. Taylor Paul spoke about his commitment and love for the game nourished by his Mom and Dad and the privilege he enjoyed being around future Major Leaguers and great role models to help him lead his special life journey. All our Inductees reflected on the strong love for Family and a continued love and growing respect for the game of Baseball and the people who are a part of it.
A special “Thank You” to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Media Director and Class of 2008 Honoree Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for creating, innovating and engaging media resources to “Celebrate” our Hall of Fame Induction Week events:
Our 2015 El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week began on Saturday August 22 with a “Meet and Greet” event for our Inductees and Honorees
Tuesday August 25, the El Paso City Council issued a Proclamation proclaiming this week “El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Week” honoring our Members and our history
Thursday August 27, we attended a Chihuahuas game and our Class of 2015 Inductees threw out the first pitch
On Friday August 28, our Hall of Fame hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at the Horizon Country Club which drew a record number of entries
Saturday August 29, our Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at the Centennial Club on Ft. Bliss. This evening we celebrated the great memories and legacies of our Inductees and Honorees. A night of laughter, tears and cheers, fellowship and familiar faces seen far too infrequently. Our Baseball Community embraced one another for their heroics on the field and their “Love for the Game.” Thank you we reported ticket sales of 355 which is a current day record and possibly second only to the 1988 Inaugural Banquet which saw twice the number of Inductees recognized and celebrated.
A special “thank you” to Becca Carrillo, Bob and Susie Aguirre, Raul and Alicia Real Y Vasquez, Fernie Grado, Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri, Gilbert De La Rosa, Gaby Hernandez, Barbara Lopez, Javier Campos, David Medina, Gerry Cuevas, Rudy Torres, Cary Hamilton, C & M Plaques and Trophies Inc., L & F Distributors and Fred Loya Insurance and all of our Presenters, Inductees, Honorees and Sponsors.
2015 Honorees are:
The “Bufe Morrison” Senior Players of the Year: Juan Zaragoza and Antonio Briones
The “Nemo Herrera” High School Coach of the Year: Juan “Choppy” Orozco – Coronado High School
The “Joe Hague” High School Player of The Year: Justin Maese – Ysleta High School
The “Syd and Andy Cohen” Collegiate Players of the Year
Robert Spencer Morehead State University – Chapin High School
Joseph Camacho Alabama State University – Franklin High School
Youth Coach of the Year: Raul Robles
“El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors Special Recognition Award”
Jimmy Melendez Riverside High School Coach Retiring (30 plus years)
David Aragon Ysleta High School Coach (30 plus years)
Tom Monsen Youth and High School Baseball (30 plus years)
Pictures of our 2014 Induction Weekend including our Golf Tournament and Banquet are now available to view by hitting the “Induction Banquet” home plate on our Home Page. Thank you to Matthew Leon for our pictures and to Josh Rodgers our web master for uploading and making them available on our web site. “Thank You” to Patricia Jacobes and Lisa Osborne Brock for our 2010 – 2013 Banquet Pictures found in the “Induction Banquet” Home Plate section – – just hit the sequence number to advance through the sections from beginning to end. Posted October 29, 2014
“Thank You” to Patricia Jacobes and Lisa Osborne Brock for our 2010 – 2013 Banquet Pictures found in the “Induction Banquet” Home Plate section – – just hit the sequence number to advance through the sections from beginning to end. Pictures of the 2012, 2011 and 2010 Banquet are also provided by Lisa Osborne Brock and Patricia Jacobes
“Thank You” to Matthew Leon for our 2014 Banquet Pictures found in the the “Induction Banquet” Home Plate section. Advance through our picture selection for the event. “Thank You” to our Web Master Josh Rodgers for uploading our latest pictures and all photos onto our web site on a continuous basis since the inception of its launch.
Pictures can be viewed by clicking on the name of the album or on a thumbnail below :)
“Touch ’em All” – – Our “Elite 11 Roll Call” began on 11/11
Hit the “Hall of Fame Inductees” Home Plate on the top left side of our Home Page to view our 1988 through 2014 Hall of Fame classes
On January 1, 2015 our scrolling marquee began presentation of our “Class Roll Call” – – we will present each class in sequence with its corresponding date of the month
On January 27, our “Roll Call” of annual classes will be complete as we present our twenty seventh and current 2014 Class of Inductees
We will conclude January with a “Roll Call” for all the 2014 Golf Tournament and Banquet Program Sponsors and Donors who generously supported our mission and helped make the event a “Grand Slam” and a listing of our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Past Presidents
On February 1, we began a presentation of our Inductees in alphabetical order by their first names each day of the month
On February 26, we conclude our Hall of Fame “Alphabet” roll call
On February 27, we begin our Board of Directors Alphabet Roll Call
On March 2, we conclude our Board of Directors Alphabet Roll Call
On March 3, the third day of the third month of the year, we began our “Terrific 3 Roll Call” featuring 3 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On April 4, the fourth day of the fourth month of the year, we began our “Fab 4 Roll Call” featuring 4 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, we began our “Fantastic 5 Roll Call” featuring 5 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On June 6, the sixth day of the sixth month of the year, we began our “Super 6 Roll Call” featuring 6 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On July 7, the seventh day of the seventh month of the year, we began our “Sensational 7 Roll Call” featuring 7 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On August 8, the eighth day of the eighth month of the year, we began our “Exceptional 8 Roll Call” featuring 8 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On September 9, the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, we began our “Nifty 9 Roll Call” featuring 9 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On October 10, the tenth day of the tenth month of the year, we began our “Top 10 Roll Call” featuring 10 members at a time on our scrolling marquee
On November 11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year, we began our “Elite 11 Roll Call” featuring 11 members at a time on our marquee
On December 12, the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the year, we begin our “Diamond Dozen Roll Call” featuring 12 members at a time on our marquee
We have musical selections for our Home Page, Hall of Fame Inductees and Induction Banquet links
Hall of Fame Members:
Please note the intent of our web site is to be a fluid and evolving resource. Many of you were inducted before your “baseball journey” was concluded. If you would like to update your narrative please hit the “Contact” link above and send us an email. We will get in touch with You and gladly update your narratives.