Frank "Pancho" Maldonado

Inducted: 2000

Best Known For: Baseball

Hometown: Brownsville

HS: Brownsville High school

College: Brownsville Junior College, Colorado University


This long-time multi-sport contributor knew a thing or two about competing at the highest levels.

Frank “Pancho” Maldonado was an all-district performer in two sports at Brownsville High in the late 1930s and later played professional baseball before settling in as a winning coach and organizer of local leagues.

Maldonado made All-District in basketball and football for the Eagles from 1939 to 1941 and played both sports at Brownsville Junior College after graduation. In 1946 he earned a tryout with the New York Giants, was a semi-pro star in the late 1940s and went back to college as a baseball player for Colorado University in 1949-50.

He organized the RGV Semi-Pro Baseball League in 1956 and in 1959 coached McAllen High to its first district title in baseball in 10 years. Maldonado then joined the playoff-bound Brownsville High football team as a varsity assistant in 1962.