Year Inducted: 2008
Nominated By: Max Salas (father)
Sports Competed In: Baseball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Contributor

John SalasHigh School
Attended Pueblo South H.S., graduating in 1967...Salas was a fixture at shortstop on the Colts baseball team for four seasons (1963-67).

College:
Went to the University of Southern Colorado, where he graduated in 1972... John was a four year letterman (1968-72) on the baseball team for the Indians, patrolling shortstop.

After College:
Salas participated for two seasons (1969-71) with the Pueblo Diablos, manning shortstop.

Coaching:
John coached Little League baseball for one year in Pueblo from 1969-70.

Achievements:
● As a journalist for The Pueblo Chieftain, Salas came up with the idea of “The Spring Runoff”. He initiated and helped organize the first race which is now an annual event and celebrated its 29th year in March of 2007 (1978).
● Tournament Coordinator for the Babe Ruth Bambino World Series. Broke records for attendance and the tournament was considered one of the most successful and exciting events in Pueblo baseball (1991).
● Instrumental in bringing baseball back to USC. He was a member of the “Search and Screen Committee” designed to find a baseball coach for the newly revived baseball program. Baseball was discontinued in 1985 and was re-established in the 1993-94 school year (1993).
● Initiated the "Rendezvous" an alumni reunion. This became an annual fund raising opportunity for USC/CSU-Pueblo baseball. The event celebrated its 14th year in October 2007 (1993).
● Helped initiate the idea of a winter baseball facility. USC/CSU and the State Fair joined forces to open a baseball academy with the idea of leveling the playing field for Pueblo youth with those from warm weathered states (1993).
● Named General Manager of the Chieftain semi-pro baseball team. This is the first year semi-pro baseball returned to Pueblo (1997).
● Named to the USC/CSU “Diamond of Fame”. He still holds the record for sacrifice bunts in a season (2004).

Professional Affiliations:
● Board Member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce (1991).
● Appointed to a four year term on the Board of Planning and Zoning Commission (1998).
● Project Chairman for the first city-wide, Common Chords multi-faith choral concert, now an annual event (2003).

Related Activities:
● Actively a Runyon Field board member.
● CSU Baseball Alumni supporter, actively as well as financially.
● On occasion, still throws batting practice at the CSU winter facility and at CSU practices.
● On-going financial supporter of Pueblo youth sports, hockey, baseball, softball - girls, basketball, football, 4-H.

Occupation:
John worked as a journalist for 19 years at The Pueblo Chieftain.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo.


GPSA "S" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

1
Athlete/Coach
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Athlete/Coach/Administrator
Kent Owen Smith (2001)

Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Michael C. Sexton (2019)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Gary Frank Salimeno (2006)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Basketball
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Billiards
Debra "Debbie" Snook (2004)

Boxing
Marty Servo (2021*p)

Coach/Administrator
Melvin L. "Mel" Spence (1980*)

Football
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Golf
Isobel DeFiore Simpson (1987*)

Lifetime GPSA Member
Dr. Donald G. Stutters (1993)

Tennis
Gerald "Jerry" Starika (1990)

Track
LeRoy Snook (2022)

Volleyball
Ruth E. Shelton (2012)

Won a National Championship
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)

 

2
Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.

Dr. John Eugene Skube (2000)
David Arthur "Sosh" Socier (1993)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
John A. Salas (2008)

Attended Pueblo St. Patrick's H.S.
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)

Charter Member
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)

Coach/Contributors
G. Owen Smith (2001*)
Dr. Donald G.Stutters (1993 LM)

Coach/Official
Fred F. Smith (1979*)
James Dale "Ox" Smith (1977*p)

Official
LeRoy Snook (2022)
Roger G. Samuels (2001)
Thomas L. "Tom" Stanton (1980*)

 

3
Contributors/Sports Media

Mike Salardino (2022)
David Michael "Mike" Spence (2007)
Timothy "Tim" Simmons (1986)
David Arthur "Sosh" Socier (1993*)

 

4
Athlete/Contributor

David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
John A. Salas (2008)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)
Andy Richard Sackman (1985*)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Deward "Dewey" Sullivan (2003)
Boone H.S., Boone, CO
G. Owen Smith (2001*)
Ft. Collins, H.S., Ft. Collins, CO
Frank A. "Iron Man" Slack (1975*)
Leadville, H.S., Leadville, CO
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)
El Paso Cty H.S., Colo. Springs, CO
Ramah H.S., Ramah, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Dr. Donald G. Stutters (1993 LM)
Watonga H.S., Watonga, OK
Dennis Lawrence Shefcyk (1992*)
St. Bonaventure H.S., Omaha, NE
Fred F. Smith (1979*)
Central H.S., St. Joseph's, MO
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)
Cawker City H.S., Cawker City, KS

Softball
Ruth E. Shelton (2012)
Loree "Pi" Sanford (1992*)
Charles "George" Simms, Jr. (1982*)
Otto "Tink" Snapp, Jr. (1976*p)

Wrestling
Jerry Lee Sisneros (2002)
David "Styee" Styduhar (1998)
Frank A. "Iron Man" Slack (1975*)
Edwin J. "Ed" Smith (1973*+)

 

 

 

5
Coach

Stan Sanchez (2013)
Deward "Dewey" Sullivan (2003)
Jerry Lee Sisneros (2002)
David "Styee" Styduhar (1998)
Harry "Chief" Simmons (1973*+)

 

6
Baseball

David "Dave" Shaddy (2019)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
Gary Frank Salimeno (2006)
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Charles "George" Simms, Jr. (1982*)
Fred F. Smith (1979*)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marty Servo (2021*p)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
John "Sal" Salimeno, Jr. (2005*p)
Dr. John W. Sabo, Jr. (1992*p)
James Dale "Ox" Smith (1977*p)
Otto "Tink" Snapp, Jr. (1976*p)

 

9
Athlete

Marty Servo (2021*p)
Edward C. "Eddie" Smith (2018*p)
Ronald A. Smith (2013)
Rick Shelton (2013)
Terry S. Snider (2012)
John "Sal" Salimeno, Jr. (2005*p)
Russell C. "Russ" Sabo (2004*)
Loree "Pi" Sanford (1992*)
Gerald "Jerry" Starika (1990)

 

45
Honorees in "S" Section

 

 

 

 

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007