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 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.

Bufe Morrison – President (1988)
Victor Fayant – President (1989)
Leo Forti – President (1990)
Ray Sanchez – President (1991)
Jackie Harris – President (1992)
Ruben Torres – President (1993)
D. Joe Williams – President (1994, 2000 and 2001)
Bob Arnold – President (1995 and 1996)
Margarito Banales – President (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005)
Marvin Nicchio – President (2002 and 2003)
Steve Enders – President (2006 and 2007)
Mike Barrueta – President (2008 and 2009)
Robert “Bob” Osborne – President (2010 and 2011)
Larry Hernandez – President (2012 and 2013)
Fernado Grado – President (2014)
Tommy Carrillo – President (2015 and 2016)
Leo Caraveo – President (2017, 2018 and 2019)
Bob Aguirre – President (2020)

#EL PASO STRONG – We Pray for Your Great Health; EPBHOF Welcomes our newest elected Class – We Will Celebrate Their Honor in 2021; EPBHOF 2001 Honoree Jim Melendez Reflects on Riverside 2000 Final 4 Team; EPBHOF Trivia Answer Below

June 6, 2020 Trivia Answer: El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 1988 Honoree Alberto “Beto” Mendez

“From a Silver Past to a Golden Future – – We honor Excellence”
A special “thank you” to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Past President and Class of 1990 Honoree Coach Bob Osborne for our slogan. Posted May 7, 2012

Ray Sanchez recognizes the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in his article in El Paso INC by stating the following: “One of the most popular and well-planned Halls of Fame in El Paso is the one for baseball. I mean, the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame is so well organized it plans ahead, has a spectacular website and offers plenty of press releases”. Posted June 23, 2019

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

Felix F. Chavez writes in the Friday June 5 digital edition of the El Paso Times a story reflecting El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2001 Honoree Jim Melendez thoughts on the Riverside High School 2000 Final 4 journey to the Texas High School Final 4 State Tournament. Please copy and paste the link to read the story. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/06/05/2000-riverside-baseball-team-one-remember/5231794002/ Posted June 5, 2020

The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame is mindful of current events and we have pushed our celebration for our newest elected Class of Inductees to 2021. This allows us to be able to plan with more certainty and honor this Class in the manner they have earned. They will be attending their Media Day, their VIP Meet and Greet Hall of Heroes meal with current Honorees, their First Pitch Festivities at a Chihuahuas game and their Induction Banquet in 2021. Thank you to CBS Channel 4 TV Sportscaster Lou Romano for airing the story and posting on their website. Thank you to El Paso INC for posting the story on their online edition. Updated June 6, 2020

Psalm 4:8 tells us that the Lord alone makes us live in safety. Pray for protection over our world, country, state and city from the Coronavirus, Pray for a cure. Pray for first responders and medical professionals during this time. The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame encourages everyone to practice safe hygiene habits and help us remove the threat of the current virus. Be vigilant in the care for yourself and your families and friends. We wish you and your family great health. Stay Safe. Updated June 6, 2020

D-Bats West will become the Home for the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame when it opens this June. Thank you to Andy Powers and his Dad. Copy and paste the link below to read the story written by Maria Cortes Gonzalez in the El Paso Times. The D-Bats marquee sign with the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame tag has been installed.
Updated June 6, 2020

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame web site was launched in August of 2010. On Monday July 8, 2019 we had view # 1,500,000. We reached view # 1,000,000 on Sunday August 27, 2017. Our web site reached 500,000 views on Saturday February 27, 2016. “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. Updated June 6, 2020

Brian K. Patterson writes a story May 16, 2020 accompanied by a video on a milestone set by El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Honoree Floyd “Butch” Henry. Please copy and paste to read the story and see the video. Thank you to EPBHOF Class of 2010 Honoree Shawn Lehigh for sharing this story. https://houseofhouston.com/2020/05/16/houston-astros-butch-henry-unlikely-shining-moment-mlb-history/?amp&utm_campaign=apple-news-format&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=apple-news-format Posted May 17, 2020.

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Honoree Floyd “Butch” Henry and El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Honoree Frank Anthony Castillo were selected as the top baseball players in Eastwood High School history in a story written in the El Paso Times by Felix Chavez on May 17, 2020. Please copy and paste to read the story. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/05/17/look-some-top-boys-and-girls-athletes-eastwood-high-school/3104483001/ Posted May 17, 2020.

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Director and Class of 1999 Honoree Chris Forbes is the subject of an El Paso Times story written by Mark Lambie on May 14, 2020. Forbes reflects on the building of the current Chris Forbes Field which will be upgraded along with the rest of Socorro High School. The memories building the old field and the championships won including the 2009 Class 5A State Championship will be cherished on the new turf field. The new field will retain the name Chris Forbes Field and the current site. Please copy and paste to read the story. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/sports/2020/05/14/socorro-high-school-baseball-coach-says-farewell-chris-forbes-field/5187312002/ Posted May 14, 2020.

Class of 2012 Honoree Rocky Coppinger was named the top baseball player in Coronado High School history in a story written in the El Paso Times by Felix Chavez on May 10, 2020. Please copy and paste to read the story. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/05/10/look-some-top-boys-and-girls-athletes-coronado-high-school/5170221002/ Posted May 10, 2020.

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Son/Father Duo Member and Class of 2013 Honoree Frank Castillo received approval for a park to be named in his honor by the El Paso City Council at their meeting on Tuesday January 21, 2020. Nate Ryan with KVIA Channel 7 Sports did a story that aired Tuesday January 21, 2020. Hit the title in the story to advance to the link for the KVIA site and story by Nate Ryan Channel 7 Sports:

Posted January 21, 2020

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 2, 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

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.

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