Bernardo "Papa" Pena

Inducted: 1991

Best Known For: Baseball


An early star in Valley baseball, this semi-pro legend also took stints in the minor leagues in both Mexico and the United States, establishing himself as an awesome pitcher who could also swat the long ball.

Bernardo “Papa” Pena was a superstar of the 1920s and 1930s who specialized in pitching both ends of the weekend doubleheaders that were commonplace in the era. After beating Laredo twice in one day in 1934 he was signed to a contract with Palestine, Texas, of the old West Dixie League, making $90 per month, big money in those days. He won two games in brief duty and hit .296 as well.

No one knows what he could have done if he had been able to get started in the minors at an earlier age. After his playing days, Pena devoted himself to promoting baseball, until he passed away in 1969.