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
Saturday, 25 November 2017

GPSA Meetings

Below is a list of remaining meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2018 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.

Jan. 15 Feb. 19 Mar. 19 Apr. 16
May 21 Aug. 20 Sept. 17 Oct. 15

 

Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  The 2018 Banquet is tentatively set for Wednesday, Nov. 14. Go to the Application Tab above to download and fill out an application today.

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John Xavier "Johnnie" Elbeck

High School: Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 1922...Elbeck was the first black to play basketball and break the color barrier in a Pueblo High School...John played shortstop and 3rd base on Centennial’s 1921 and 1922 undefeated baseball team but was not allowed to play basketball until W. S. Kettering became coach...He was the first black athlete to make All-State basketball player as a forward for the Bulldogs (1921-22)...Helped lead Centennial to the South Central League Championship and defeated Salt Lake City, The Inter-Mountain Champions, 22-17...Lost to Greeley High School 22-20 in overtime at the State Tournament played in Boulder, CO...John was regarded as the outstanding player of the State Tournament and Chosen All-State and he and Hatfield Chilson, the captain, made the All State Team.

Professional Ball: Elbeck was a Semi-Pro pitcher for 20 years...He pitched for the La Junta team receiving $25.00 a game; played on year for Colorado Springs and several years for semi-pro teams including one year with the White Elephants in Denver... He was offered a contract with the Kansas City Monarchs, a traveling black team, but didn't want to quit his job at the C.F. & I.

What they Said: "John Elbeck, one of the great black athletes of our city, and known as "Johnnie" in high School, was born fifty years ahead of his time...John’s family moved here from Alabama in 1912. They lived in the old Pepper Sauce Bottoms area and John attended Hinsdale Grade School, and then Centennial High School where he graduated in 1922...John was the first black to break the color barrier in the Pueblo schools and the first black to make the All State Team...After graduation John went to work at the C.F. & I. For $4.00 a day and continued playing semi-pro baseball for 20 years. He is a gentleman and I am proud to call him my friend." From the Nomination Letter by B. Ernest Watkins  

Occupation: Served in World War II; Retired from C.F. & I. 20 inch Mill

Personal: Lived in Pueblo... Married twice, first to Olga Elbeck then again to Permilla Ewing Elbeck... Passed away on May 10, 2004

 

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