Jim Ochoa

Inducted in Original Hall of Fame Class of 1988
First gained recognition as a Pitcher in the American Legion League when he pitched all 18 innings of the City Championship game which his team won 1-0 in 1946
Most Valuable Player of American Legion League in 1946
Only lost 1 game during his high school career as a Pitcher
He was the first player in El Paso to sign a pro contract directly out of high school signing with the Boston Red Sox in 1949
Assigned by the Red Sox to the El Paso Texans and pitched for them until 1951 when he was called to the United States Army
Played against Gus Triandos, Dick Kokos, Dr. Bobby Brown and Don Newcombe
Returned in 1953 to the El Paso Texans and his contract was bought by the Pittsburgh Pirates who sent him to play for the AAA Mexico City Tigers
In 1955 he pitched the Mexican League Championship game against future New York Yankee Jim Bunning
He finished his pro career in 1958 playing in the Mexican League where he averaged 14 wins per season and led the league with the lowest earned run average on multiple occasions
He later played Semi-Pro pitching for the El Paso Merchants and Fast Pitch Softball in the City League