Osborne Boosted El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame


I keep being impressed at how many El Pasoans are willing to give of their time

and effort to honor our athletes. Latest case in point: Bob Osborne. 


Bob was an outstanding baseball player at Ysleta High School then an outstanding baseball coach at Burges High School then an outstanding official in such organizations as the El Paso Coaches Association and Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and a speaker at various Southwest baseball clinics.And what a great job heís done this year as president of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame. He oversaw the creation of a website for the Hall, streamlined the organizationís bylaws and started a simpler, more effective voting procedure. All that is besides the usual chores of presiding over meetings, gathering material, overseeing programs, ad sales, tickets, etc.  This yearís induction banquet will be held Oct. 26. You can get all the information now at elpasobaseballhalloffame.org

Hereís a tip of the hat for Bob Osborne.


TRIVIA QUESTION: When was the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame started and who were the first inductees? Answer at end.


HOW WOULD you like to see El Pasoís greatest professional golfers competing

against each other here?


R. C. Ordish, director of golf at Santa Teresa Country Club, says itís going to

happen at his course. A skins game and clinic to benefit The First Tee of

Greater El Paso program is planned for Oct. 29,a Friday.

Invitations have gone to Rich Beem, J.P. Hayes, Chris Baryla, Paul Stankowski,

Steve Haskins, Rick Todd and, of course, Kristi Albers, who is not only a former

winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour but started and heads the First Tee

Program here.


Ordish says he already has commitments from several of the above.

Wow. Can you imagine not only seeing all those great pros playing but also

getting tips from them at the clinic?


CONGRATULATIONS Dept.: To Craig Fortune, who recently added another hole in one to his golf achievements. He aced the 175-yard par three No. 15 hole at Coronado

Country Club.


 ďHe doesnít like to brag, so I donít know how many this is,Ē friend Russell

Autry says, ďI just know itís not the first.Ē


ITíS BEEN A SAD year in New Mexico horse racing.

Todd Fincher, one of the best trainers in the state, and his wife Lauren lost

their two-year old son, Bailey, through drowning.

Carlos Rivas, a long-time and former New Mexico champion jockey, had many bones

in his body broken when a horse rolled over him after a spill during a race at

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. He survived only by an act of God but it

ended his career.  Then, while Carlos was recovering, his wife, Diane, became ill and has been in a coma for months.


And just last month, Mark Villa, one of the leading jockeys in the state, died

at Zia Park Racetrack and Casino in Hobbs. The horse he was riding broke his

front legs during a race and threw him to the ground. Villa was crawling to get

out of the way of other horses when one stepped on his head, killing him

instantly. Horse racing is truly the most dangerous sport of all.


ANOTHER SAD note: My wifeís uncle, Rudy Sandoval, passed away last weekend at

the age of 81 after a long illness. He was the owner of Sandoval Dodge in Las

Cruces and a satellite dealership here in El Paso.  He was a good man, a highly successful man who was beloved by his family and those who knew him.

There can be no greater testimony to a personís life than that.


ANSWER TO trivia question: In 1988. Andy Cohen, Syd Cohen, Lionel Forti, Jim

Paul, Gonzalo Garcia, Joe Hague, Nemo Herrera, Bob Ingram, Beto Mendez and Jim



Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at rayf358@yahoo.com or online at www.raysanchezbooks.com