Manuel “Manny” Ayala

Inducted in Class of 1990
Played for the El Paso Junior Baseball Champions and went to State TAAF Playoffs as member of Purity Bakers at the age of 14
In 1942, played for the Bowie High School American Legion Baseball team which won the State Championship hitting .391
In 1944, he was a leading hitter in the International League
During a ten year period, he won the batting title 4 times and the home run title 6 times
His batting average was .372 during that span and he was named Most Valuable Player 3 times
In fifteen years of International League play, he compiled a batting average of .345, set career records in home runs (133), runs scored (456) and total base hits (689)
Played two years in Mexican Baseball League with the Juarez Indios
Played with El Paso Texans
Played in El Paso Old Pro League 1966-1967
According to article written by Ray Sanchez in 1966, he was known as the “Babe Ruth of El Paso Sandlot Baseball”