EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

EPBBHOF 2000-01-02

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Area: Eastside / Eastwood

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ROY LEWIS

Inducted in 2000 Starred in Las Cruces New Mexico American Legion play at the age of 14 in 1947 Played for El Paso High School 1950-1951 Played for Las Cruces High School in 1952 and 1953 Earned and played on baseball scholarship from Sul Ross State University 1954-1958 Played Semi-Pro with the powerful Alpine Cowboys during that same period Named Most Valuable Player in the Alpine Invitational Tournament in 1958 Took coaching job in Jal New Mexico and led team to State Baseball Championship in 1959 In 1962 he became the Head Baseball coach at Sul Ross He scheduled Arizona State to play his Lobos and the Sun Devils were coached by future major leaguers Bobby Winkels (major league manager), Sal Bando (3rd basemen) Rick Monday (center field) and Reggie Jackson (right field) During his playing days, he batted against Satchel Paige and Virgil Trucks Board Member for El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame

Area: Eastside / Eastwood

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TRINI GUILLEN

Inducted in 2000 Star Pitcher who helped lead the 1949 Bowie Bears to the Texas State Baseball Championship Pitched Bowie to 5-1 Semi-Final victory over Stephenville In the championship game, he was called into action as a relief pitcher and entered with the bases loaded and no outs Bowie won the game 3-2 to claim State Crown In 1950, Jefferson High School opened its doors and Trini played for the Foxes Pitched and led the Foxes to two wins over the Bowie Bears that year even though they returned all their major players except him All District Player at both Bowie and Jefferson Pitched for the powerful Semi-Pro Alpine Cowboys Also played locally for the Semi-Pro La Mesa Blue Jays and the Forti’s Devils Was named “All Star” 10 seasons and was Leo Forti’s top pitcher for 10 seasons winning 106 games and losing only 18 Inducted into the Forti’s Hall of Fame in 1980

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WILLIE TAPIA

Inducted in 2000 Started playing with the Lower Valley Optimist Club at the age of 13 where he won his first league batting title with a .415 batting average Played for Ysleta High School and helped lead the Indians to the 1953 District Championship Named All District in 1953 when he hit .395 and again in 1954 while winning the batting title with a .500 batting average While stationed at Ft. Bliss he played for the Falcons in 1961 A great infielder and great hitter who won numerous batting titles, often hitting over .400 from age thirteen through the old-timers league He was named All Star numerous times and continued to gain batting titles through his years in Semi-Pro and Old Timers league Also played in local fast pitch softball leagues Recognized as one of the top umpires in the youth, High School and Semi-Pro ranks

Area: Eastside / Eastwood

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AL SILVA

Inducted in 2000 Started his playing days at the Dan Ponder Little League in 1955 Played for Jefferson High School 1958-1962 where he was named All District Accepted baseball scholarship to play at St. Edwards University in 1963 Played at Texas Western in 1964 Played in the Industrial Fast Pitch Softball League from 1966-1973 Coached in Boys Baseball Youth Organization Started his high school coaching career as Assistant at Bowie High School in 1969 Named as Varsity Head Coach for Jefferson High School in 1974 to 1980 and his teams won 72 games and lost only 42 Junior Varsity Head Coach at Burges High School 1981-1983 Assisted Mustangs in their 1983 trip to Texas State Final Four Championships Named Bowie High School Head Baseball Coach in 1984 and elevated program by improving field conditions and renewing interest and participation in the sport Through 1999, his Bears had won 192 games and lost 144

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MARVIN NICCHIO

Inducted in 2000 Coached in Boys Baseball of El Paso program for eleven years coached Optimist Club baseball for 3 years As a Coach in the Optimist League, he took a team that had not won a game the previous year and introduced the infamous “lead bat” and the club responded with a batting average of .586 Coached two years of Pony League Served on the Board for Boys Baseball of El Paso for 14 years He served as the official photographer for the El Paso Diablos from 1986 – 1994 In 1994, the Diablos management acknowledged his work and presented him with his own Texas League Championship ring which he wore every day He received acknowledgement for his work and photographs in the book, “The Texas League 1888-1987” Many of his photographs were published in various National sports magazines Served as President of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame

Area: Eastside / Eastwood

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KAREN PAUL

Inducted in 2000 Chief Financial Officer for the El Paso Diablos from 1974 to 1992 Helped organize many promotional and advertising functions for the Diablos during her tenure with her brother Jim Paul, owner of the Diablos Innovator of the “Diablo Diamond Girls” and created and organized their dance routines, game day activities and public appearances Developed the Diablo Diamond Girls into a game day featured attraction Helped Diablos organization win National Administrative Baseball honors including the MacPhail Trophy in 1976, 1982 and 1993; President’s Trophy in 1986 and the Minor League Franchise of the Decade for the 1980’s Named National Association of Baseball Executive Woman of the Year in 1983

Area: Eastside / Eastwood

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March is Women's History Month. Karen Paul influential in development of baseball history in El Paso, TX.

JIMMY MELENDEZ

Inducted in 2001 Played and starred in youth leagues including Little League State Champion and World Series Qualifier, Pony and Colt League Champions All Star in youth leagues All District in 1971 at Bel Air High School on the District and Bi-District Championship team Played on Connie Mack Regional Championship team Played on Lower Valley City League Champions Attended Ranger Junior College on a baseball scholarship Started coaching career at Hanks High School in 1980 under El Paso Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Williams Coached Riverside High School since 1985 Led Rangers to 17 District Championships in 19 years 12 Bi-District Championships 8 Area Championships – – the most in El Paso 8 Region I Quarter Finals – – the most in El Paso 1 Region I Semi-Final Championship 1 Region I Final Championship In 2000, his Rangers were the District, Bi-District, Area and Regional Champions and advanced to the Texas State Final Four Championship in the 4A Division Since his induction in 2001, his Rangers have continued to be the dominant and preeminent baseball program in the El Paso 4A division and have added multiple District, Bi-District and Area championships El Paso City High School Coach of the Year 5X Selected 2008 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star North Squad Coach – – won 2-1 Seven of his teams have been ranked in the top 18 in the State of Texas 667-207 record as Riverside Head Baseball Coach Selected to coach “Team Texas” Sophomore and Junior teams 130 players are in Law Enforcement professions 5 players with Secret Service, FBI or State Department 29 players are High School coaches 3 players are Head High School Baseball Coaches Associate Scout for Texas Rangers 1999 & 2000 Associate Scout for the New York Mets 2001 & 2002 Inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 Son of El Paso Baseball Hall of Famer Enrique “Kiki” Melendez

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DANNY BLANCO

Inducted in 2001 Started playing little league in 1959 Outstanding player and All Star in youth leagues including Pony, Babe Ruth and Colt Member of 1965 Connie Mack team that finished third in the nation All District honors in 1964 and 1965 while playing for Ysleta High School hitting over .400 and playing third base From 1966 to 1969, he started at third base in every game for Texas Western/UTEP Career college batting average was over .300 Hit .355 his sophomore year when UTEP was ranked 7th in the nation Played in Juarez and El Paso Semi-Pro leagues from 1966 to 1992 and never hit below .400 Named Most Valuable Player numerous times and played on multiple All Star teams Played in the State Championship in Chihuahua and NBC Texas Championship Invited to play for the Mexican National team in 1968 His final year of playing he hit .488

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WILLIE SANCHEZ

Inducted in 2001 Graduated in 1964 from El Paso High School after an outstanding athletic career From 1964-1968, he played varsity baseball at Denver University as well as one year of varsity basketball Named Head Baseball Coach for El Paso High School in 1970 Started his career in professional baseball as the General Manager in Daytona Beach Florida for a Los Angeles Dodgers farm team He also served as General Manager in El Paso and Albuquerque with Dodger farm teams In 1978, he was selected as Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year and Minor League Executive of the Year Inducted into the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 Named Director and Coordinator for the 1980 Major League All Star Game held in Los Angeles Inducted into the El Paso High School Hall of Fame in 2000 Devoted over 40 years to the game of baseball first as a player, a General Manager, an All Star Game Director and as an agent

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RUDY CARRASCO

Inducted in 2001 Hall of Fame’s only Son/Father/Son trio honoree From 1957-1959 he played shortstop for the Lower Valley Bus Lines in the Ysleta league From 1960 to 1962 he was an All Star playing for F. A. Hill in the Lower Valley Optimist League Played varsity baseball for Ysleta High School from 1963 to 1966 All District catcher for 3 years 1964, 1965 and 1966 for the Indians From 1967 thru 1970, Rudy starred at New Mexico Highlands University He was the leading hitter on the Highlands NAIA championship team in 1967 Earned Rocky Mountain All Conference Honors in 1968 as a catcher and led team back into playoffs In 1969 and 1970, he was named team captain and was the starting catcher Played Semi-Pro from 1970 to 1973 for the Socorro Cougars under his father, El Paso Baseball Hall of Famer Tacho Carrasco in the Lower Valley League Also played Semi-Pro baseball in Albuquerque New Mexico and Juarez Mexico In 1968, he was selected to play for Mexico in the World Cup Games in Cali Colombia Started his coaching career in 1971 in San Diego California From 1974 to 1989 he coached baseball, football, golf and girls basketball at Ysleta High School and won 4 Junior Varsity District Championships From 1996 to 1998 he coached baseball at Slider Middle School In 1999, he coached the Junior Varsity at Montwood High School Served as Head Baseball Coach at Mountain View High School starting in 2000 From 1977-1980, he was the Commissioner for the El Paso County Baseball League and helped organize the Ysleta Optimist Baseball Program Member El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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ROBERT MARTINEZ

Inducted in 2001 All District baseball performer at Ysleta High School in 1952 and 1953 Also lettered in football and basketball Led district in strikeouts both years Accepted baseball scholarship and played at Sul Ross State University in 1954 Played for Sam Houston State on scholarship in 1955 and 1956 In 1957, he played with the Lower Valley All Stars against the mighty Juarez Indios Led the Lower Valley league in strikeouts three consecutive seasons Played for Quantico Marines while in the service Returned in 1960 to play in the Lower Valley League and led his team to two consecutive championships Led the league in strikeouts and wins in both of those seasons Member of Baseball Umpires Association and Southwest Baseball, Basketball and Football Officials Association Served as High School Principal and Director of Instructional Services for Socorro Independent School District

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FRANK CAMPOS

Inducted in 2001 Started playing in 1932 Played Semi-Pro baseball in El Paso for over 50 years He played for the Forti’s Copperheads in the Mex-Tex league and other Forti’s teams for over 30 years and then the 40-60 Club He was nicknamed “Conkin” Compared to “Willie Mays” for his thrilling basket style catches He always batted over .300 Won 16 medals for batting and fielding Selected as an All Star 19 times

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JOE DIVIS

Inducted in 2002 Hall of Fame Father/Son duo honoree Played American Legion and Semi-Pro baseball in Nebraska and South Dakota Played college baseball at Creighton University Averaged 16 wins and 12 strikeouts per game Named All Star each year Scouted by New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox organizations Chose to sign with Red Sox but was called to duty by US Army before he could fulfill his contract Stationed at Ft Bliss in 1956 and played for the El Paso Merchants for two seasons and averaged 18 wins and 10 strikeouts per game Named All Star both seasons In 1959, he took command of the Missile Battery in Chicago Illinois For 3 years he played in the Chicago area Semi-Pro leagues and pitched for the Blue Island team where he averaged 16 wins and 10 strikeouts per game He was honored with All Star designations each of those three seasons Returned to Ft. Bliss in 1970 and joined the Montelongo baseball team in the El Paso “Old Timers Baseball League” During this 3 year period, Montelongo won the league championship each year and he averaged 15 wins and 8 strikeouts per game and earned All Star honors each year He once again returned to Ft. Bliss in 1975 and reunited with Montelongo Cleaners pitching and averaging 15 wins and 10 strikeouts per game and again earning All Star honors each season Retired from the Army and baseball in 1978 In 1979, he was elected Eastside Alderman and continued to support baseball through his efforts to improve Dudley Field Before leaving office he recommended and was instrumental in the building of Cohen Stadium He calls this one of the most satisfying accomplishments of his career Member Inaugural El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors Served as El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Treasurer Member El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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"Obit in El Paso Times, Jan 31, 2021." - Eva Ross

Divis served on El Paso City Council representing residents of eastside.

DON WILSON

Inducted in 2002 Baseball career spans over 50 years Started in Little League and continued with Babe Ruth baseball from 1955 to 1963 in Augsburg Germany and West Long Branch New Jersey Attended Las Cruces New Mexico High School as a sophomore and junior Attended Shore Regional High School in New Jersey as a freshman and a senior Played Connie Mack baseball at White Sands Missile Range in 1964 and 1965 Outstanding player in youth leagues Played at University of Texas at El Paso on baseball scholarship from 1967 – 1970 Pitched a no-hitter for UTEP in 1967 Became a teacher and coach in 1970 for the El Paso Independent School District Started playing in El Paso Semi-Pro leagues in 1970 Played in International Baseball League 1972-1973 and pitched a no-hitter in 1972 Selected to All Tournament team for the National Baseball Congress State Playoffs in 1972 and 1973 Played in Lower Valley League 1970 – 1971 and 1974 – 1983 Named All League Player in 1977 Named Most Valuable Player in 1980 and 1982 Named Top Pitcher in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1993 Named Most Valuable Player in 1982 playoffs Named Top Pitcher in 1995 All Star Game Played Semi-Pro baseball for 28 years in El Paso and voted All League player once, Most Valuable Player six times, Top Pitcher eleven times and Playoffs Most Valuable Player twice During nine of these seasons his combined pitching record was 100 wins and 15 losses for a .870 winning percentage Member of 2011 El Tejanos Senior World Series Champions Member El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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Lou Campos

Inducted in 2002 Played High School baseball at St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans Louisiana for four years Played college baseball and earned two varsity letters at Southeastern Louisiana University Selected to the City of New Orleans All Star game in 1947 Named captain of the Lions baseball team in 1952 Named to the All Gulf Coast Conference Baseball team in 1952 Inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame for baseball in 1952 Played professionally for Lafayette Bulls in 1952 of the Evangeline League Class C Finished his Army tour at Ft Bliss and became coach at Cathedral High School from 1952 to 1961 where he coached football and baseball Coached at Irvin and Andress High Schools Coached Andress JV baseball squad to District Championship in 1965 Finished his coaching career at Andress in 1972 Served 37 years as an administrator for El Paso city wide baseball program with Boys Baseball of El Paso Program was city wide from Canutillo to El Paso to Fabens and responsible for affording talents such as Nolan Richardson, Frank Castillo and Butch Henry the opportunity to play

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LOUIS REY

Inducted in 2002 Played youth leagues in Juarez in 1937 and Los Angeles Started playing when he was 11 years old Enlisted in United States Army and played in Tokyo Japan in 1951 and 1952 Played in Seoul Korea in 1953 After service commitment with United States Army returned to play in 1961 with the El Paso Police for 3 seasons Started playing again in 1969 through 1976 in the El Paso Old Timers league At the age of 43, he played with Forti’s Forties, Galindo’s Rainbows and Montelongo Cleaners He was named to the All Star team 7 times in the Old Timers League He won the home run and batting title in 1973 From 1969 to 1976, he hit .313, .413, .393, .413, .547, .370, .308 and .355 His combined batting average during this span of time was .389 Resumed his playing career at age 60 and played until age 65 playing for the El Paso 40-60 Club in the Old Pro Baseball League In 1991, at age 65 he hit 18 home runs and was named “Most Valuable Player” In 1993 at the age of 67 he played for the Texas Mexico Astros in the 6th Annual Senior Baseball League Championships in Arizona

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RUDY CARBAJAL

Inducted in 2002 Active in baseball and softball from 1930 to 1981 Played locally for over 30 years in El Paso City League Organized his first team in 1960 for whom he filled the role of player, manager and owner His team the “Rebels” played in the Forti’s Old Pro baseball league Also played for the El Paso 40-60 baseball team His teams had an overall record of 161 wins and 140 losses Won 9 league championships In 1981 his team won the league championship with a 20-1 record His batting average was over .350 in 15 different seasons Recognized for his excellent bat control A friend and mentor to his young players After his death, the El Paso City Parks and Recreation Department named a little league baseball league after him, the “Rudy Carbajal Little League”

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PERRY HUDDLESTON

Inducted in 2002 Involved in baseball for over 50 years as a player, umpire and administrator Umpired at every level from fast pitch softball, high school, college and professional baseball Played baseball for 4 years at York High School in York South Carolina Enlisted in United States Army and played for various Army units during his 22 year career Started coaching while in the Army at La Plata Catholic High School in Maryland in 1956 Coached football, track and baseball at Pasodale Intermediate School in El Paso Professional educator after his retirement from Army Started umpiring both fast pitch Softball and baseball in 1968 Umpired youth leagues including Boys Baseball, American Legion, Pee Wee Reese, Mickey Mantle, Connie Mack Umpired in Connie Mack World Series 4 years Umpired High School and chosen for Texas High School Tournament 3 years and New Mexico High School tournament 6 years Umpired collegiate baseball for Western Athletic and Missouri Valley Conferences Umpired professionally for Juarez Indios, El Paso Sun Kings, El Paso Diablos and chosen as alternate for Texas League crews Trained umpires for the City of El Paso and Boys Baseball of El Paso as well as high school officials organizations Served as District Director for the Southwest Baseball Umpires Association President of El Paso Umpires association for over 20 years Inducted into the Southwest International Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 Member El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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