Year Inducted: 1997
Nominated By: Joe Bonaquista (teacher/coach)
Sports Competed In: Baseball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

Michael D. MartinezMichael D. Martinez

Before High School:
Played baseball as a pitcher for the following leagues: Cub Scouts (1966-68), Old Timers (1968-72), Pueblo City (1970-72) and Babe Ruth (1973-75)...Played quarterback four seasons in Bantam Football League (1968-71) and at St. Leanders for two years (1972-73).

Achievements:
High School:
● Only basketball accomplishment was leading the Eagles to a Class AAA State Runner-up in 1976 (the team was ranked #1 going into tournament).
● On the Eagles junior varsity (JV) team, Martinez recorded a perfect 6-0 record and had a .540 batting average at the plate.
● Posted a shut-out of Air Academy (6-0) allowing four hits and striking out seven while batting .540 against the Cadets (1976).
● Led East to a 14-5 record during the 1977 season.
● Pitched 11 innings, recording 18 strikeouts in a game against Air Academy and posted a five-hit shut-out of Mitchell, striking out nine batters in a 2-0 win.
● Selected as the McDonald’s High School "Player-of-the-Year" and to the Colorado All-State High School team as a pitcher.
● Named the All South Central League "Player-of-the-Year" (senior year: 1978).
● Named to the All South Central League Team as a pitcher (Senior Year: 1978).
● He recorded a 9-3 record (0.88 ERA) for the Eagles during senior season.
● Senior season highlights included: A no-hitter (first in East High History) 11 Strike-outs, 2 walks, 2 East errors, (18-0), (83 pitches) game called in 5 innings against Harrison H.S.
● Recoded 16 strikeouts, 2 hits against Wasson H.S. and posted his third straight shut-out against Coronado H.S., allowing two hits and hit a home run in a 24-0 win at Wasson Park.
● Named to the North High School All-American Team as a pitcher.
● Career pitching record at East was 30-6.
● Recorded more than 300 strike-outs in three years and was recruited by more than 25 colleges and universities as well as nine professional baseball organizations.
● During the summer after his senior year at East, pitched a two-hit shut-out against Woodward, OK on 91 pitches for the Post 203 American Legion team (9-0 win).

Related Activities:
● Spent seven years playing basketball in the Pueblo City league as a forward (1970-77).
● Played on several professional baseball farm teams as a pitcher for three years and two months:
  - Helena Phillies (1978); Bend, OR Phillies (1979); Tampa Tarpons (1980) and the Indianapolis Indians (2 months from 1980-81).
● While on the Helena Phillies farm team, he threw the first-ever shut-out by a pitcher in team history on July 31, 1978.
● Returned to Pueblo and played as a catcher in softball, making the All-Tournament team at the KOA Invitational (1982).
● Also played behind the plate and named the "Most Valuable Player" at the Pueblo Handicapped Children’s softball tournament (1982).

Honors:
● Won the city Punt, Pass and Kick competition three consecutive years (1968-70).
● Named the 1975 "Athlete-of-the-Year" for the Babe Ruth League and led his team to the City Team Championship pitching a five-hitter in a 7-6 win (National Division vs. American Division).

 


GPSA "M" By The Numbers

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

1
Administrator/Contributor
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Athlete/Contributor
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)

Athlete/Administrator/Coach
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

Athlete/Coach/Official
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Attended First Meeting
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Salida H.S., Salida, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)
H.S. in Provo, Utah

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)

Attended P. County/P. South H.S.
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)

Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S.
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Auto Racing
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)

Bowling
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Coach/Contributor
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)

Charter Member
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

Rodeo
Marie Mass (2022*p)

Tennis
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

Track
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)

2 
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Art Martinez (1989)

Cross Country
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)

Official
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Softball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)

Wrestling
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

 

3 
Coach
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

 

4 
Athlete/Coach
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

Basketball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Contributor
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Art Martinez (1989)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy(1973*+)

 

6 
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p>)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

8
Athlete
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Football
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)


Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

 

10
Baseball
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

 

12 
Honorees Deceased
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992*)
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty"McCutcheon (1974*p)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

 

28
Honorees in "M" 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