John Thomas “Rocky” Coppinger

Inducted as part of the 2012 El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Class
Selected All City and All District all 3 years of varsity competition at Coronado High School
Played for El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame coach Juan Orozco
T-Birds enjoyed 3 District and 2 Bi-District championships, 2 “Elite 8” appearances, 2 National top rankings, and a 1992 Texas High School State Playoffs Final 4 spot
Hit .487 as a sophomore with a 2.05 earned run average
Hit .536 with 13 home runs as a junior with a 1.25 earned run average
Hit .585 with 15 home runs as a senior with a 0.85 earned run average
Finished high school with a 25-4 pitching record
Turned down a scholarship to University of Nebraska to pitch Hill Junior College to a Conference Championship
Earned All American honors at Hill Junior College with a .465 batting average, led the Nation with 63 RBI’s and struck out 103 batters
Signed with the Baltimore Orioles
Recognized as the Orioles #1 prospect
Made his Major League debut in 1996 just 3 years after finishing his high school career
Pitched for the playoff bound Orioles and compiled a 10-6 record finishing third in the “Rookie of the Year” balloting
Played with the Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s before injuries ended his playing career
Coaches off-season high school level play
20 years later when baseball people say the name “Rocky” everyone knows his last name is Coppinger – – legendary probably, memorable definitely