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 and 2021)

WE REMAIN #EL PASO STRONG, WE PRAY FOR YOUR GREAT HEALTH – Our Condolences to the Family of El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2000 Honoree Al Silva who joined our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom Monday October 11; EPBHOF Class of 2022 Nominations Now Open; EPBHOF Trivia Answer Below; “WALK OFF GRAND SLAM” Thank You Bob & Sue, Raul & Alicia, Gilbert & Norma, Rocky & Vero For an Amazing 2021 Celebration; Thank You To Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for our First Pitch Videos; EPBHOF Class of 2021 Interviews With EP Sports Network Link Below; EPBHOF Showcase Room Set Up @ D-Bat West; EPBHOF Web Site Celebrates 11 Years & The Late Great Harry Caray would say “Holy Cow” our site has over 2.123 Million Views

Our Condolences to the Family of El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2000 Honoree Al Silva who joined our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom on Monday October 11. Visitation for Coach Silva will be on Monday, October 18, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with Vigil at 6:00 PM at Funeraria del Angel Central, 3839 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX. 79903. Mass will be on Tuesday, October 19, at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of The Light Church, 4700 Delta Dr., El Paso, TX 79905. Committal service to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 401 S. Zaragoza Dr. El Paso, TX 79907. Fond memories & expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.FunerariaDelAngelCentral.com for the Silva family. Updated October 15, 2021.

“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.

Nominations for the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 close Wednesday January 12, 2022 at 4 PM Mountain Standard Time. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline. Hit the baseball picture featuring the Batter at Home Plate and titled “Now Accepting Nominations for 2022” to download the 2022 Nomination Form. Any questions contact El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1999 Honoree Larry Hernandez at 915.494.7710 or email PapaBandit7@AOL.com. Posted September 1, 2021.

Trivia Answer Saturday October 16, 2021: Class of 2009 Honoree Juan Orozco who led Coronado High School to 3 District, 2 Bi-District, 2 “Elite 8” and a Regional Championship in 5 years including a berth in the 1992 Texas High School Final 4 State Semi-Finals

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.

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 October 16, 2021.

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 October 16, 2021.

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.
El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1991 Honoree Mike Beltran Sr. and El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1999 Chris Forbes were selected to Coach the first ever D-Bat Senior Showcase baseball games. Class of 2011 Honoree Randy Weinglass secured the umpires as Crew Chief for the event. The games took place Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11, 2020.

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:

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 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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