John Albert "Lefty" Shuford

Inducted: 2002

Best Known For: Baseball

Hometown: Rio Grande City, TX

HS: Rio Grande City High

College: Texas A & M

Professional Team: Semi-pro D League

A Starr County star, this Rio Grande City pitcher helped Texas A&M win a Southwest Conference baseball title and became a leading member of the local agricultural community.

John Albert “Lefty” Shuford was quarterback for the Rattlers in the late 1930s. He walked on at College Station and made the baseball team, lettering for the Aggies in 1942, 1943, and 1946. In 1942 he beat Texas 12-0 for the school’s first shutout of the Longhorns in 32 years; the Ags won the SWC title that season with a 13-2 record.

After college, Shuford pitched semi-pro ball in the Class D league from 1947 to 1951 and became the ag teacher at El Sauz.

Entering the farming business in 1951, Shuford was active with the Starr County Farm Bureau for 30 years. He received an award as the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association Outstanding G.I. Farmer in 1959.