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, 2021 and 2022)

WE REMAIN #EL PASO STRONG, WE PRAY FOR YOUR GREAT HEALTH – EPBHOF Class of 2018 Honoree Larry Vucan Earns High School National Coach of the Year Honor; EPBHOF Annual College Player of the Year Earns National College Player of the Year Honors; EPBHOF Announces Annual Award Winners; EPBHOF Celebrates Year 35; EPBHOF Welcomes our Class of 2022 Kyle Anson, Efrain Lara, Alex Peña, Lou Romano and Rick Solis; Trivia Answer Below; EPBHOF Showcase Room Set Up @ D-Bat West; EPBHOF Web Site Celebrates 12 Years & The Late Great Harry Caray would say “Holy Cow” our site has over 2.291 Million Views

“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

The Late Ray Sanchez recognized the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in his article for 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

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame has unveiled our 35th Anniversary logo shown on our Home Page. Posted January 12, 2022

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Honoree Larry Vucan has been named High School National Coach of the Year by The American Baseball Coaches Association and ATEC. Posted June 29, 2022

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 College Player of the Year Award Selection Ivan Melendez (University of Texas, Coronado High School) has added the Golden Spikes Award to his other National Award recognitions as the unanimous selection for 2022 National College Player of the Year. Posted June 24, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame announces our 2022 Annual Award Winners:

2022 College Player of the Year Ivan Melendez – University of Texas, Coronado High School

2022 High School Player of the Year Armani Raygoza – Americas High School

2022 High School Coach of the Year John Beard – Del Valle High School

2022 High School Coach of the Year Rick Solis – Riverside High School

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes our Class of 2022:

Kyle Anson, Efrain Lara, Alex Peña, Lou Romano and Rick Solis.

Our 3-Day Celebration includes:

Friday September 2 Media Day and Hall of Heroes Welcome Dinner for EPBHOF Members

Saturday September 3 First Pitch at Southwest University Ballpark $34/Person for seating in EPBHOF reserved section – only 100 available, first purchased first guaranteed, new Inductees will throw out first pitch, this event is under the guidance of the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball club and a ticket is required for every entry and all policies are solely under their supervision

Sunday September 4 Induction Banquet at the Wyndham Hotel $30/Person, ticket required for everyone entering Banquet Hall – Hotel charges us per head count – Updated June 30, 2022

Trivia Answer Thursday June 30, 2022: Class of 2007 Honoree Sergio Guerrero the 3X All District pitcher for El Paso High School, served as volunteer Assistant Coach in charge of pitching for the 1965 Texas Final Four State Semi-Finalist Austin High School Panthers

The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its 7th 2022 Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday July 13 at 5:30 PM MST on the second floor in the Boardroom of the Fred Loya Corporate Headquarters (intersection of Lee Trevino and Trawood). Please advise President Bob Aguirre at suebob5846@gmail.com of your intent to attend so that hand-out materials will be sufficiently prepared and available. Updated June 30, 2022

Happy Birthday to EPBHOF Class of 2011 Honoree Gerardo Cuevas on Thursday June 16. Posted June 15, 2022

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Honoree Larry Vucan took his Southlake Carroll Dragons to their 4th Class 6A Texas High School State Tournament appearance in 5 completed seasons of play. This is Vucan’s 6th season as Head Coach of the Dragons. The 2020 season ended without playoffs due to covid and in 2021 his Dragons lost in the Semi-Finals round of 8 to Keller by 1 run in the “if” game. The loss in 2021 marked the only year that Coach Vucan has not reached the Final 4 as Head Coach of the Dragons. In Coach Vucan’s first year they lost in the State Semi-Finals on a balk call. The next 2 years 2018 & 2019 saw the Dragons capture back to back State Championships. This year the Dragons shut out Keller whom they shared the District championship with in 2 consecutive games to advance to the 2022 Final 4 in Class 6A. #4 Seed Southlake Carroll defeated #1 Seed Ft. Bend Ridge Point 6-1 Friday June 10. The Dragons won the State Championship defeating San Antonio Reagan 8-5. Southlake Carroll is the first baseball team in UIL history to win a State Title at the largest classification 3 times in a 4 year span. Updated June 11, 2022

KVIA TV Reporter Will Herren did a news feature on El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Honoree Larry Vucan on March 14, 2022. To view the feature go to https://kvia.com/news  and hit the search button for larry vucan. Posted March 14, 2022

El Paso Times Sportswriter Felix F. Chavez published a February 24, 2022 article on our Class of 2022, please click here to read.

Please click on Pictures to view photos of our 2021 El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame celebration. Thank you to Adora Martinez and her team including her photographer Chris for creating a photo memory of our sold out events and celebrations. Thank you to Josh Rodgers for cropping, editing and uploading the pictures. Pictures are from the Meet and Greet, First Pitch and Banquet events. Posted November 1, 2021

The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Showcase Room is now set up and available for view at the D-Bat West facility. Thank you to our President Bob Aguirre and Sue Aguirre, Vice President Raul Real Y Vasquez, Board of Director Mike Barrueta, Treasurer Gilbert De La Rosa, Mrs. Naomi Leyva on behalf of Mr. Frank Leyva and his family, Cary Hamilton, Coach Andy Powers, Mr. Bill Powers and the Staff at D-Bat West.

D-Bat of West El Paso became the Home for the El 1Paso Baseball Hall of Fame when it donated a dedicated area to celebrate our organization and history. Thank you to Andy Powers and his Dad. The D-Bat sign has an El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame tag attached. Please click here to read the story written by Maria Cortes Gonzalez in the El Paso Times.

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 30, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame web site was launched in August of 2010. On Monday April 19, 2021 our site recorded view # 2 Million. 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 30, 2022

Brian K. Patterson wrote 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 click here to read the story and see the video. Thank you to EPBHOF Class of 2010 Honoree Shawn Lehigh for sharing this story. 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 click here to read the story. Posted May 14, 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. Click here to go to the KVIA site and view the 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 led by President and Class of 1999 Honoree Larry Hernandez was selected 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”. El Paso City and County dignitaries joined a completely sold out screening event. 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.

MEMBER UPDATE: (Send us your events, your birthdays, anniversaries, your honors, your updates so we can share with our Hall of Famers) through the Contact page.