Bobby Cannon

Inducted: 1989

Best Known For: Football and Baseball

College: The University of Texas at Austin, San Antonio Brackenridge

High School Coach: Edinburg High School, Del Rio, Corpus Christi, Peacock Military Academy.


One of the deans among coaches of early Valley football, Bobby Cannon built a fine program at Edinburg High in the 1930s, and led the Bobcats until his retirement in 1946 to take the helm at Edinburg Junior College.

Cannon was a two-sport athlete at The University of Texas in football and baseball at the turn of the 1920s, and then took San Antonio Brackenridge to the state finals in 1922 and 1926. He also put in stints at Del Rio, Corpus Christi, and Peacock Military Academy.

His Edinburg Bobcat teams won district titles in 1936 and 1937 and 1941, and Cannon went 64-32-5 from 1936 to 1946.

Like most coaches in the early days, Cannon led all athletic teams for the Bobcats and was an exceptionally crafty mentor in baseball. In 1961 he became the first of what would be nine Valley coaches elected to the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.