GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

GPSA Room
Massari Arena
Colo State Univ.- Pueblo
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

Top Panel
Monday, 25 September 2017

GPSA Meetings

Below is a list of remaining meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2017 calendar year. All meeting held on the third Monday from Jan. to May and Aug. through Nov. in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

 Oct 16 Nov. 20 

GPSA Banquet

What:   Annual  Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
When:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Where: Fortino Ballroom, Pueblo Community College

Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  Go to the Application Tab above to download and fill out an application today.

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Frank Richard "Pap" Papish

Before High School: Frank pitched sand-lot baseball for various Pueblo teams until he was 17 years old, then was contacted by Professional scouts.
            
High School: Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1936.

Professional: In 1936 he started his Pro Career with Rock Island (Western League)...Other Minor League clubs were: Dallas, Birmingham, Minneapolis and Little Rock... Frank would spend ten seasons in the minors before getting his ticket to the "Show" in 1945...Papish’s best year came in 1940 with the Anniston Rams of the Class B Southeastern League when he went 20-14 with a 3.31 ERA while pitching 269 innings for the dead last 61-82 Rams... He also went 13-8 with the Little Rock Travelers with a 3.40 ERA in 1943, pitching 209 innings...In 1944, Frank posted a solid 15-16 record where he appeared in in 40 games, pitching 277 innings, with Little Rock of the Southern Association before the White Sox brought the 27 year old Frank to Comiskey Park for the 1945 season with the Chicago White Sox (Major League)...He played four seasons winning 25 games and loosing 29...In his first full season with the White Sox, Papish went 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 appearances...Frank was back in 1946 after many major leaguers returned from the War and went 7-5 with a 2.74 ERA....His best year was 1947 in which he posted a 12 and 12 record with a 3.26 ERA, pitching in 199 innings..."Pap" would fall to a 2-8 in 1948 and wound up being traded to the Cleveland Indians (American League) for Ernest Groth and Bob Kuzava and played through 1950... Frank didn’t see much of the mound with the third place 1949 Indians, being used mostly in relief and appearing in just 25 games,  pitching 62 innings and finishing with a 1-0 mark and a 3.19 ERA...The Pittsburg Pirates would purchase Frank on December 14, 1949 and in 1950 the last-place Pirates would use him in just 4 games, with no decisions...They shipped him down to the AAA Indianapolis Indians, where he went 11-3 with a 2.81 ERA for the rest of the season...Papish would spend three more years in baseball, all in the high minors, with Indianapolis, Chattanooga and Memphis...He would finish up his minor league time with a 142-141 record and a 4.17 ERA, while pitching 2,376 innings...Frank had also spent most of six years in the Majors, where he finished up with a 26-29 record and a 3.58 ERA.  "Pap" had started when he was 18 years old and finished out when he was 35.

After Baseball:  Frank became a deputy sheriff in Pueblo, Colorado where he died August 30, 1965, at age 47... At the time of his death he was the only Native Puebloan who played baseball in the Major Leagues...Through the years 1938 to the 1960 Frank was an inspiration for American Legion and Semi-Pro ball players in Pueblo.

Occupation: Papish was a professional baseball player; Gilmore Trucking Co.; Deputy Sheriff in 1964.

 

 

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