Sam Suplizio

Inducted 1991

FOOTBALL, BASEBALL

Sam Suplizio turned a love for sports into a lifelong career that has touched the lives of many. He played briefly with the New York Yankees before working as a Major League Baseball coach and scout as well as being involved with many charitable organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Suplizio first earned recognition as a football and baseball star at the University of New Mexico. He became the University’s first All-American baseball player. When injuries prematurely ended his professional career with the Yankees, Suplizio continued playing successfully at the semi-pro and amateur levels.

When his playing days ended, Suplizio returned to Colorado and settled in Grand Junction. There he became the moving force behind the Junior College World Series which has been held in Grand Junction since 1959. Suplizio has also worked as a scout and instructional coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and Anaheim Angels.

Suplizio continues to organize free youth baseball clinics and physical fitness programs for children, as well as special athletic events for the disabled. In addition, he works to collect athletic equipment and clothing for less fortunate youths who might not otherwise be able to participate in sports.

Sam Suplizio

He became the University’s first All-American baseball player.