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
Tuesday, 26 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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Joe Bonacquista

Joe BonacquistaJoe BonacquistaHigh School:  Attended Trinidad H.S., graduating in 1960...Three-year member of the baseball team (1958-60) where he was the team's top hitter for three seasons and led the South Central League with a .509 BA...Also palyed
three seasons of basketball at guard (1958-60)...Played for  American Legion Post 11 (Trinidad).. Was teams top hitter for two years (337 & .388, BA)

College: Went to Trinidad State College where he played shortstop and was the teams' top hitter for a year (1960-61) earning him kudos to the All Empire Conference team...Transferred to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) the following season (graduated in 1964)...Played three seasons at UNC in the infield (2nd base/shortstop/3rd base) from 1962-64...Earned All Rocky Mountain Conference honors as an infielder (3rd base)...Two-time All District 7 (2nd base/shortstop)...
Owns two school records: Number of hits in one game (6) and longest hitting streak (20 games)...Was UNC's top hitter at .393 BA...

Advanced education:  Completed work on his Master Degree at University of Northern Colorado (1966).

Semi-Pro Ball: Played second base for the Pueblo Diablos... Four-time All Metro league infielder.

Baseball Coaching Career: Head Coach, Weld Central High School Keensburg, CO (1964-65)...Head Coach, Roncalli High School (1966-67)...Hired by Dist. #60, Corwin Junior High (1968-70)...Spent eight years (1971-78) as Head Coach Pueblo East H.S...Bonacquista led the Eagles to three South Central League titles... Amassed a record of 170 wins and 67 losses... Named "Coach of the Year"...

Honors: Four-time selection - "Who’s Who Among American Teachers"...Inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame in 2008...Known as "Have Bat will Travel" in his later years...Has five Baseball World Championship rings (2012)

Guillain-Barré Syndrome: April 23, 2009 and was back on the Baseball Diamond and played for the World Champion Chicago Spirit and won the Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers, Florida...Joe hit his best at .435 batting average. He knocked in nine runs and scored seven times. His performance nearly left his Chicago teammate Mickey Alpert speechless.  "I was shocked how well Joe played and I was even more shocked when I found what he had gone through",  he didn’t tell anybody he had Guillain-Barré Syndrome.  "He's not the type of person who wants sympathy.  He’s just a remarkable person and he has a lot of guts and determination."   

Occupation:  Teacher/Coach  for 28 years in School District #60... At East High School (coaching) 1970 - 1998 (8 yrs).

Personal: Lives in Pueblo with his wife, June.

Photo courtesy of UNCBears.com

 

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