Gonzalo “Chalo” Garcia

Inducted in Original Hall of Fame Class of 1988
Played football, basketball, track and tennis at Anthony Valley High School now known as Gadsden High School and was voted the school’s top athlete three straight years
Set school record scoring 55 points in a basketball game
Led 1947 and 1948 teams to American Legion Championships
Played for the Juarez Indios under Syd Cohen when they won the 1950 Arizona-Texas League championship
Played for Yuma Arizona in the Sunset League in 1952
Batted .317 with 7 home runs in 1953 for the El Paso Texans
In 1954, hit .337 with 17 home runs and made what many old timers remember as “the catch” while playing right field at Dudley Field against the Tucson Cowboys leaping and catching a ball that took him full force into the wall
1956-1958 played Semi-Pro for the Anthony Merchants a well known team in the El Paso area
Recognized as the “Godfather of Canutillo” because of the key role he played in starting the Canutillo Independent School District
Elementary School in Canutillo named in he and his wife’s honor
Canutillo High School baseball field is named in his honor