Jack Bloomfield

Inducted: 1993

Best Known For: Baseball: Player, Coach, Scout

Hometown: Monte Alto, TX

College: Pan American College 1950s

Professional Team: Harlingen Capitals (1955); Austin Senators, Topeka Hawks (19

High School Coach: San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs. Scout for the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies

One of the Valley’s finest baseball men, he made the grade as a player, coach and scout, rising to the Major Leagues in the latter two fields.

Jack Bloomfield was born in tiny Monte Alto in 1932 and attended Pan American College in the 1950s. He began his minor league baseball career in 1955, hitting .310 for the Harlingen Capitols. Reputed to be a terrific bunter with fine speed, he hit .281 over six seasons, including .309 at the AAA level with Seattle in 1958, and then went to Japan.

Overseas he starred, winning won two batting titles, making three All-Star Games, and averaging .315 in seven years, good enough for 14th all-time in Japan.

Bloomfield was a scout for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1973, and coached with the Padres and Chicago Cubs for four seasons, later scouting for the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies.