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 Offers Prayers and Condolences to his Family on the Passing Of Our Past President and Class of 1989 Honoree Ray Sanchez – Funeral Details Below; EPBHOF 35th Year Logo Released; EPBHOF Trivia Answer Below; Thank You To Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for our First Pitch Videos; 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 2.177 Million Views

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“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

“Happy Birthday” to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Vice President and Class of 2006 Honoree Raul Real Y Vasquez who turned 77 Tuesday January 18. Posted January 16, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame offers our Prayers and Condolences to his family on the passing of Past President and Class of 1989 Honoree Ray Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez was 94 and joined our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom Wednesday January 12. Mr. Sanchez served as an original Board Member of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame and served our organization as a President. He wrote the book “Glory Road” on Texas Western Miners journey to NCAA National Basketball Championship which was later adapted into a movie which he had an on-camera cameo role. Sanchez joined the El Paso Herald Post as a sports writer in 1949. He was one of the founders of Little League in El Paso in 1950. Sanchez served as official scorekeeper for the El Paso professional baseball teams. He was honored as 2019 Sun Bowl Legend. Posted January 12, 2022
Funeral Arrangements include:
Visitation Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, with a Holy Rosary to begin at 7:00 pm at Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Drive, 79912.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12:30 pm at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 400 W. Sunset Road, 79912.
A Graveside Service with Army Military Honors will follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley, 4900 McNutt Road, Sunland Park, NM, 88008.
Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Drive. Posted January 15, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame has unveiled our 35th Anniversary logo shown on our Home Page. It will be also used for stationery, printed items for shirts, caps, jackets and other printing uses. Thank you to President Bob Aguirre, Vice President Raul Real Y Vasquez, Board Secretary Dana Eisenga and Treasurer Gilbert De La Rosa for leading this effort and our Web Master Josh Rodgers for designing and uploading the artwork. Posted January 12, 2022

Happy Birthday to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Founder, Inaugural President and Class of 1990 Honoree Bufe C. Morrison who turned 83 on Sunday January 9. Posted January 6, 2022

Please hit the “Pictures” tab at the top of our Home Page to view pictures 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

Trivia Answer Thursday January 20, 2022: Class of 2008 Honoree Andy Morales the multiple All District and 1949 All-State selection for the Texas High School State Champion Bowie Bears who declined a professional offer from the Chicago Cubs to pursue a college football scholarship

Ray Sanchez recognizes 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

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame First Lady Sue and President and Class of 2005 Honoree Bob Aguirre hosted a 2021 Induction ceremony for the ages. Sue and Bob choreographed and synchronized our event at the highest level possible. The pandemic and rain showers were treated like foul balls and proved of no consequence as Sue and Bob showcased their immense preparation for our final event. It was a true Baseball convention type gathering. Coaches, players, teammates, trainers, scorekeepers, Principals, school administrators, Grandparents, Parents, Aunts and Uncles, Children, Grand Children and Great Grand Children and special Friends all in attendance and able to enjoy the fellowship provided by early arrival and a planned Hospitality hour. Doors were supposed to open at 2 PM but by 1:30 the Banquet area was packed. Guests from Arizona, California, New Mexico, San Antonio, Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin, Dallas, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Southlake Carroll, Colleyville, Coppell, Houston joined El Paso in a sold out event. Grand entrance parade, musical entertainment all coordinated to the minute. Cheers, tears, moments where speakers choked up in reliving personal memories with humility and gratitude for those who supported and made baseball a love and passion. Photographers, TV coverage thanks to Will Herren and Lou Romano and pictures galore from love ones and people in the gallery captured this event in perpetuity. Vice President and Class of 2006 Honoree Raul Real y Vasquez, Class of 2012 Honoree Rocky Coppinger and Class of 1992 Honoree Mike Barrueta all spoke eloquently in articulating our amazing past and present and the great strides that the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame continues to achieve. Vero Coppinger assisted with presentation of awards. Gaby Hernandez assisted in coordinating the schedule Sue and Bob had in place making sure speakers were on time in the proper staging area prior to speaking. This event was the best one ever well at least until the next one. Thank you Sue and Bob for leading a great team to the finish line for 2021 and making the event one that guests gushed in calling “First Class” and truly memorable. Posted September 6, 2021

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame thanks Andres Acosta with EP Sports network for his interviews of the Class of 2021 on Saturday September 4, 2021. Copy and paste the link below to access Mr. Acosta speaking with each of our new Honorees. https://epsportsnetwork.com/2021/09/07/el-paso-baseball-hall-of-fame-class-of-2021/
Posted September 6, 2021

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Thanks our Media Director and Class of 2008 Honoree Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for arranging and securing the videos from our First Pitch Event Saturday September 4. Posted September 5, 2021

Thank you to KFOX TV, KDBC TV and KROD Radio and Lou Romano, Steve Kaplowitz and Will Herren for their assistance in covering and promoting our 3-Day celebration. Posted September 5, 2021

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame thanks our President and Class of 2005 Honoree Bob and First Lady Sue Aguirre, Vice President and Class of 2006 Honoree Raul & Alicia Real y Vasquez, Treasurer and Class of 2010 Honoree Gilbert and Norma De La Rosa and Class of 2012 Honoree Rocky & Vero Coppinger for an amazing and sold out 3-Day 2021 Class celebration. Posted September 5, 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.

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 January 20, 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 January 20, 2022

Thank you to CBS Channel 4 TV Sportscaster Lou Romano for airing a story on our Class of 2021 selections and posting on their website. Thank you to El Paso INC for posting a story on their online edition.

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.

Keith Demolder of KDBC TV Sports and KFOX TV Sports did a feature Saturday July 11, 2020 on the newly designated room for the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame at D-Bat West. The feature included a look at the room and interviews with Andy Powers and El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame President Bob Aguirre. A special thank you to President Bob Aguirre, Vice President Raul Real Y Vasquez and Board Member Mike Barrueta and our supporting donors for their hard work and contributions in making this possible. Thank you to Andy Powers and his Dad for allowing us the opportunity to showcase our organization. Please click here to view the story. Posted July 11, 2020

Felix F. Chavez wrote in the Sunday June 28, 2020 digital edition of the El Paso Times an article highlighting the newest elected Class for the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame. The article refers to our new Class as “A Strong One”. It includes quotes from each member. Please click here to read the story. Posted June 28, 2020

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. Hit the title in the story to advance to the link for the KVIA site and story by Nate Ryan Channel 7 Sports:

https://kvia.com/sports/2020/01/20/city-council-to-vote-on-frank-castillo-park/

Posted January 21, 2020

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 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.

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