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Torres, Rene



Rene Torres is an avid sports historian/researcher/writer who possesses extensive knowledge of the individuals, teams and events that have shaped athletic activity in the Rio Grande Valley going back 100-plus years.

He is a former Brownsville ISD educator who also taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College before retiring in 2004. He later served eight years on the South Texas ISD board of directors and six years on the UTB/TSC board of directors.

Torres was a senior shortstop on the 1965 Brownsville High baseball team that advanced to the Class 4A state final before ending with a 30-8 record. The Golden Eagles that season were coached by Joe Rodriguez and powered by the talented left-handed pitching tandem of Charlie Vaughan (13-3, 203 strikeouts, 0.39 ERA, two no-hitters) and Tony Barbosa (12-1, 139 strikeouts, 1.01 ERA, three no-hitters).

Just like several others from the famed 1965 Brownsville High team, Torres, who also played baseball at Pan American College (now UTRGV), was inducted into the RGV Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

"Hometown Teams" Reception Collection

Identifier: BD-0004
Scope and Contents The collection consists of two recorded presentations as well as photographs taken at the Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibition "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America" opening reception held on July 26, 2018. The reception was hosted by UTRGV Special Collections and University Archives.One recording is of Gregory Selber presenting on the glory days of valley football and the other recording is of Rene Torres presenting on the history of baseball in the Rio Grande...
Dates: 2018-07-26

Mercedes Green Hornets photograph

 Collection — Container: 199
Identifier: ELIBR-0199
Content Description

One photograph of the Mercedes Green Hornets fastpitch softball team from 1947. District Championship Team.

Dates: 1947

Rotary Club of Darwen Correspondence

 File — Folder: 0029
Identifier: BLIBR-0029-Vertical
Content Description Photocopy of correspondence from Howard Peters, of the Rotary Club of Darwen, England, and "Rotarian James" of the Brownsville club. Included with the correspondence is a summation of letters written by members of a local Lancashire family, especially those of a young man by the name of James Horrocks (alias Andrew Ross), who came to America to escape a paternity suit, and lived for a time in Brownsville. Summation of Horrocks correspondence includes descriptions of U.S. Mail Steamship...
Dates: 1865 - 1871

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Baseball 1
Brownsville (Tex.)--History 1
Football 1
Fort Ringgold (Tex.)--History--19th century. 1
Lower Rio Grande Valley (Tex.)--Fiction. 1