Tambone, Aboud lead class of 2018 EP Baseball HOF inductees
The El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame released its class of 2018 inductees, and it's one of the best classes ever. The list includes former Andress High School star Bryan Tambone and "Mr. El Paso Baseball" Dr. Dwayne Aboud.
Tambone was one of the best big-game players El Paso has ever seen. His battles vs Rocky Coppinger and Coronado High School in the early 1990's were classic. (Coppinger is also an EPBHOF member).
Dr. Aboud has done more for baseball in El Paso than most people think. He flies under the radar but may be El Paso's biggest baseball ambassador.
Below are the bios of the entire class of 2018:
Bryan M. Tambone-former Andress High School Athlete. Bryan Tambone lettered in varsity in baseball all four years and started at third base and pitched from 1989-1992. His senior year he was chosen high school baseball player of the year by the El Paso Times and the all city Co-MVP. He went on to DIV 1 UTA after a great career at NMJC 1995 – 1996, then transferred to Oklahoma City University his senior year. He received All Conference in 1997 at OCU.
Dr. Dwayne Aboud has been relentless in his life quest of perpetuating youth baseball in EP for over 40 years. Coached instructional youth BB every summer while in high school and college. Coached Mantle BB in NY during his MD residency. Last 20 years, sponsored, managed, coached and financed select teams for out of town tournaments. Teams were successful in winning numerous championships in Phoenix, Albuquerque and Grand Junction.
Carlos Licon -former Ysleta High School standout. Carlos Licon’s prolific career in Division 1 Baseball at New Mexico State University pictured him as one of the greatest hitters to come out of the Southwest. A quiet, humble young man with an eye and a bat which in 1996 projected him to be the 34th highest hitter in the nation (Division 1) and to be selected as the overall athlete “Man of the Year” at NMSU University.
George Arrieta- former Jefferson High School pitcher. He played at Jefferson High School from 1975-1979 with Coach Al Silva and named All-District. Upon graduation, he accepted a full scholarship to Ranger Jr College with Texas Hall of Fame Head Coach Jack Allen and was the starting/winning pitcher on the 1978 NJCAA National Championship game finishing the season with a 10-1 pitching record and 2.25 ERA.
Larry N. Vucan. Life brought him a mentor in Paul Strelzin who introduced him to El Paso Diablos baseball. He played collegiately at New Mexico Highlands and played well enough to earn a professional contract in the Italian League in Trieste Italy. His play led to later offers of coaching and managing in the Italian League. His first High School Head Coaching job was at Franklin High School where he spent 8 years guiding the Cougars to multiple Playoff seasons. After serving 6 years as a Pitching Coach in the Metroplex, he was named the Head Baseball Coach at Southlake Carroll. In 2017, in his first year he guided the Dragons to the Texas High School Final Four State Semi-Finals. This year, on June 9, Coach Vucan coached his team Carroll High School to the 6-A State Championship by defeating San Antonio Reagan 7-2.