Scott Kiner representing his father Ralph, Pete Shock, Rocky Arroyo, Trent Dimas and Ralph Neely. Courtesy photo
The 42nd induction class for the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame was officially introduced Dec. 20 at the New Mexico Activities Association’s Hall of Pride and Honor room.
The Class of 2014 is the largest class ever. Five of the seven inductees were present at the Dec. 20 event including Vincent “Rocky” Arroyo, Trent Dimas, Ralph Neely, Pete Shock and Scott Kiner, who was representing his father, Ralph, who passed away in February. They were introduced to the crowd at the New Mexico Bowl on the field. The other two future inductees, Bill Bridges and George Young were unable to attend.
- Vincent “Rocky” Arroyo – 3 sport UNM athlete, Mexican Olympian, high school basketball coach and high school/college referee.
- Bill Bridges – Hobbs High School and University of Kansas basketball star who went on to play professionally for 14 1/2 years. Currently,the only player to be born and go to high school in New Mexico to be drafted to the NBA.
- Trent Dimas – USA Olympic gold medal winner in gymnastics in the 1992 Olympics. All-American gymnasts at the University of Nebraska.
- Ralph Kiner – a Major League baseball Hall of Famer, who played 10 years. He named the greatest athlete to be born in New Mexico in the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated in 1999. He was the broadcaster for the New York Mets for 51 years.
- Ralph Neely – former all-state athlete from Farmington High School and All-American at the University of Oklahoma, who went on to play 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
- Pete Shock – Cliff High School basketball and track coach. Coach Shock is the 2nd in wins in New Mexico high school basketball with 854 including 10 state champions. He is the all-time scorer in Cliff High School basketball.
- George Young – Western High School (Silver City) and University of Arizona track star who became the first 4 time USA Olympian. He won the bronze medal in the steeplechase in the 1968 Olympics.