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Forbes and Quintanilla Retired jersey numbers

Forbes, Quintanilla Inducted Into Socorro Wall of Honor

The Socorro High School Baseball Program is hosted a Wall of Honor Ceremony at Chris Forbes Field on the campus of Socorro High School.  The ceremony featured former Head Coach Chris Forbes and graduate Omar Quintanilla as they had  their Jersey numbers retired into the Wall of Honor.

About Head Coach Chris Forbes #4,  El Paso native  was named Head coach at Socorro high school in 1986 coached nearly 40 years including youth and summer leagues. During his career he has lead Socorro to 16 district titles, 19 Bi- District Titles, Nine Area Championships, Six Regional Quarter Final Championships, Four Regional Semi-Final Championships, One Regional Final Championship and One State Championship.

In 2009, Forbes Coached Socorro High school to its first ever Class 5A State Championship. Has earned Eight El Paso High School Coach of the Year Awards and 2009 named Texas High School State “Coach of the Year” for the 5A classification. Coach Forbes has been inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Baseball Hall of Fame ’13, and both the El Paso Athletic and Baseball Hall of Fame’s.

Under Forbes, seventeen of his players have been named to Texas High School All State Teams, eighteen of his players have played professionally.

Coach Forbes is the All Time El Paso High School leader in wins as a Head Coach with 577 wins.SHS Wall Of Honor-156

Omar Quintanilla #24 Socorro Class of 2000, Four- Time District and Bi-District champion, also led the City of El Paso in Home Runs and RBI’s.

Named the All–City Most Valuable Player and was also named to the Texas High School All-State Team. Received a Scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin where he was named the Big XII conference Freshman Player of the Year. NCAA College World Series winner and 2002 All College World Series Team selection.

Professionally, Quintanilla was drafted in the first round (33rd overall) by the Oakland Athletics in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Quintanilla made his Major League debut in 2005 for the Colorado Rockies and won a National League Championship in 2007. Omar also played with the 2011 Texas Rangers and won an American League Championship. Other teams that Quintanilla has played for are the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles

In attendance at the ceremony included  SISD board of Trustee Gary Gandra, City of Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz, City of Socorro Manager Adriana Rodarte and  former Socorro Stand-out Cory Falvey , (2009 Texas State High School Baseball player of the year),  presented  Coach Forbes into the Wall of Honor.

Here are some of the highlights of the event.

From Left to Right: Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz, Coach Chris Forbes, SISD Trustee Gary Gandara , Omar Quintanilla, Socorro Head Coach Joe Alvarez
From Left to Right: Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz, Coach Chris Forbes, SISD Trustee Gary Gandara , Omar Quintanilla, Socorro Head Coach Joe Alvarez
Chris Forbes speaking during the Socorro Wall of Honor
Chris Forbes speaking during the Socorro Wall of Honor
Omar Quintanilla speaking during the Wall of Honor.
Omar Quintanilla speaking during the Wall of Honor.
Chris Forbes holding up his Wall of Honor Award
Chris Forbes holding up his Wall of Honor Award
Omar Quintanilla holding up his Wall of Honor Award
Omar Quintanilla holding up his Wall of Honor Award
The Stage for the Socorro Wall of Honor Ceremony
The Stage for the Socorro Wall of Honor Ceremony
Quintailla's Wall of Honor Award
Quintanilla’s Wall of Honor Award
Chris Forbes (Left) celebrates with Omar Quintanilla (Right) during the Wall of Honor Ceremony at Socorro High
Chris Forbes (Left) celebrates with Omar Quintanilla (Right) during the Wall of Honor Ceremony at Socorro High
Socorro High Principal Jesse Teran
Socorro High Principal Jesse Teran
Socorro Mayor Jesus Riz
Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz
Former Socorro Stand-out Cory Falvey
Former Socorro Stand-out Cory Falvey

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Coach Forbes and Omar Quintanilla sharing a hug during the Wall of Honor Ceremony
Coach Forbes and Omar Quintanilla sharing a hug during the Wall of Honor Ceremony
Coach Chris Forbes signing a baseball during the Wall of Honor
Coach Chris Forbes signing a baseball during the Wall of Honor

 

Coach Forbes and Omar Quintanilla taking a picture with the Socorro High Cheerleaders
Coach Forbes and Omar Quintanilla taking a picture with the Socorro High Cheer leaders
Coach Chris Forbes along side his Mother
Coach Chris Forbes along side his Mother Barbara Forbes
Former Socorro Pitcher Jesse Estrada chatting with Coach Forbes
Former Socorro Pitcher Jesse Estrada chatting with Coach Forbes
Omar Quintanilla signing autograph during the Wall of Honor
Omar Quintanilla signing autograph during the Wall of Honor
Omar Quintanilla exchanging a high-five with a young fan during the Socorro Wall of Honor
Omar Quintanilla exchanging a high-five with a young fan during the Socorro Wall of Honor
Forbes and Quintanilla Retired jersey numbers
Forbes and Quintanilla Retired jersey numbers
2016 Socorro Wall of Honor Inductees, Chris Forbes (Left) and Omar Quintanilla (Right)
2016 Socorro Wall of Honor Inductees, Chris Forbes (Left) and Omar Quintanilla (Right)

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