Bobby Rutledge wasn’t supposed to play for the Broncs baseball team.
The Edinburg native was given a scholarship to play for McLennan community college in Waco. Just before he was supposed to leave, however, the McLennan coach called Rutledege to let him know that he had to rescind the offer. Rutledge’s family could not afford to send him to Waco so he walked on at what was then Pan American College.
Rutledge went on to have a stellar career with the Broncs and is one of seven members in the 2013 UTPA Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I’m extremely excited,” the former baseball player said. “It is a big honor for me. Words can’t explain it. I feel excited, and my family is going to be there. Pan Am was great for me.”
Rutledge played for the Broncs from 1975-78, helping lead the Broncs to the 1975 NCAA South Central Regional. In 1978, he was named an NCAA All-American after a season in which he scored 68 runs, stole 77 bases and was walked 64 times. He is the Broncs’ career record holder in walks with 155 and is second all-time in runs (175) and stolen bases (164).
“I’m a truly blessed individual that had the opportunity to play at Pan Am,” Rutledge said. “I really am grateful for my time at Pan Am and my accomplishments I had there.”
>> Jesus “Chuy” Guerra: The former guard played for the Broncs from 1972-76 and is the Broncs all-time leader in assists with 771. He also ranks third in minutes played (3,187) and 14th in points (1,154). Guerra also holds the Broncs’ single-game record for free throws made with 19 against then-Texas A&1 in 1975. He also recorded 18 free throws in a game later that season.
>> Mitchell Edwards: The former men’s basketball player was a member of the 1963 NAIA national championship team, recording 20 points and 12 rebounds in the title game. He earned NAIA All-Marican honors in all three seasons with the Broncs. He is sixth all-time in points scored with 1,423. Mitchell was drafted by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round of the 1965 draft.
>> Don Guillot: The former baseball player played for the Broncs from 1983-87, helping lead the team to regional appearances in 1983 and 1986. In 1987, Guillot set single-season records in runs (85), stolen bases (107, NCAA record) and walks (75). He owns the program records with runs scored (186), stolen bases (183) and games played (217).
>> Sherwood Stewart: The former tennis player won the 1965 NAIA doubles championship with Deltlev Nitsche. He also helped the Broncs to their fifth NAIA National championship. That season, Stewart was named an NAIA first-tem All-American. During his professional career, Stewart won Grand Slam doubles championship at the French Open (1976, ‘82), Australian Open (‘84, ‘87) and Wimbledon (‘88).
>> Detlev Nitsche: The former tennis player played for the Broncs from 1965-67, partnering with Stewart to win the 1965 NAIA doubles championship. He was also a member of the 1965 NAIA national championship team. In 1966, the year the Broncs became am NCAA Division I team, Nitsche reached the doubles quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with George Kon.
Hall of Honor
>> Jody Ramsey: The former Broncs baseball player was the team’s leading hitter and co-captain for the 1972 season, leading the team in eight statistical categories, including hitting (.346), games played (56), at-bats (185), runs scored (47), hits (64), triples (four), stolen bases (17) and walks.
Prior to the 1973 season, Ramsey was working on the construction of the new UTPA baseball stadium and died in an electrical accident before the stadium had reached completion. After his death, students petitioned the school to name the park in Ramsey’s memory.