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 Has Completed the Induction of Our Class of 2022 Kyle Anson, Efrain Lara, Alex Peña, Lou Romano and Rick Solis; EPBHOF Celebrates Year 35; 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 2.360 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

Happy Birthday to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1999 Honoree Manny Lopez on Tuesday September 20. Posted September 18, 2022

Trivia Answer Monday September 26, 2022: El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Past President and Class of 1994 Honoree Jack “Jackie” Ray Harris the All District player and star hitter for Ysleta High School, free agent signee for the Los Angeles Angels, multiple Semi-Pro League All Star and MVP selection

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame has completed the Induction of our Class of 2022: Kyle Anson, Efrain Lara, Alex Peña, Lou Romano and Rick Solis

Friday September 2, 2022 – Hall of Heroes Media and Dinner. Hall of Fame President and Class of 2005 Honoree Bob and First Lady Sue Aguirre had goodie bags for our Class of 2022 Kyle Anson, Efrain Lara, Alex Peña, Lou Romano and Rick Solis and gifts for their spouses. Current members of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame used the opportunity to get acquainted and welcome our new Class. Eva Banales offered an Invocation and Class of 1991 Honoree Mike Beltran led the Pledge of Allegiance. Our President offered recognition for our members, sponsors and spouses. Class of 2012 Honoree Dana Eisenga conducted an auction of items specific to members in our Class of 2022. Class of 2011 Honoree Jerry Cuevas discussed the items that would be auctioned at the Banquet. Class of 1999 Honoree Larry Hernandez talked and walked through the Banquet Timeline with the new Class of 2022 and our annual Award Winners.

Saturday September 3, 2022 – 1st Pitch Event. Class of 2012 Honoree Rocky Coppinger and his  wife Vero coordinated a special 1st Pitch event on Saturday at Southwest University Ballpark which allowed guests to mingle freely throughout our sold out reserved area under perfect weather and also witness a spectacular post game fireworks performance.

Sunday September 4, 2022 – Induction Banquet. El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame First Lady Sue and President and Class of 2005 Honoree Bob Aguirre hosted a 2022 Induction ceremony for the ages. Sue and Bob choreographed and synchronized our event at the highest level possible. The pandemic  was treated like a foul ball 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, Great Grand Children, neighbors 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, Nevada and New Mexico 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, 3 TV stations did interviews and provided coverage and pictures galore from loved ones and people in the gallery captured this event in perpetuity. El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame President and Class of 2005 Honoree Bob Aguirre, Hall of Fame Vice President and Class of 2006 Honoree Raul Real y Vasquez, Class of 2021 Honoree Jorge Perez, Class of 1999 Honoree Chris Forbes, 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. Class of 2011 Honoree Jerry Cuevas sponsored a raffle featuring autographed pictures of our College Player of the Year Ivan Melendez. Gaby Hernandez and Class of 2012 Honoree Dana Eisenga coordinated entry into the Banquet room. 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 2022 and making the event one that guests gushed in calling so very special, “First Class” and truly memorable. Posted September 4, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame 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

Thank you to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Honoree Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for securing our 1st Pitch event videos and to our Web Master Josh Rodgers for uploading them to our website in a timely manner. Posted September 6, 2022

Happy Birthday to El Paso Baseball Class of 2022 Inductee Alex Peña on Friday September 9. Posted September 4, 2022

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

Thank you to El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Honoree Tom “Joe Fan” Ciaburri for submitting the following story on Class of 2015 Honoree Paul Strelzin. Please copy and paste to read the story written by Trish Long in the El Paso Times digital edition September 15, 2022  https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/history/2022/09/14/paul-strelzin-first-announcer-ejected-from-professional-baseball-game/69492448007/

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. Copy and paste the link below courtesy of KTSM Channel 9 Sports and Sportscaster Colin Deaver.              https://www.ktsm.com/sports/high-school-sports/el-paso-native-larry-vucan-named-high-school-baseball-national-coach-of-the-year/            Posted June 29, 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 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

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

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 and its variants. 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 September 26, 2022

Our El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame website 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 website on a continuous basis since the inception in August 2010 of its launch. Updated September 26, 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

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