Bus Bergman honored by seventh Hall of Fame

Photo by Christopher Tomlinson-Bus Bergman will be inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club Hall of Fame in January, the seventh such honor for the former Mesa Junior College coach.

Bus Bergman passed away 20 months ago, but his legacy continues.

The former Mesa Junior College coach and athletic director, who died in March 2010 at the age of 89, will join nine others in the Colorado Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame in January. It will be the seventh Hall of Fame induction in Bergman’s illustrious career.

“I’m surprised he didn’t go in his inaugural year,” his son Walt Bergman said. “I think he was ahead of the whole thing age-wise. It’s good to have him included.”

Bergman’s half-brother, Bill Noxon, was recently inducted into the Western State College Hall of Fame with one of his football teams. It was his seventh induction.

Bus Bergman joins other Grand Junction baseball icons Bill Fanning, Gene Taylor, Sam Suplizio and Jamie Hamilton in the Colorado Dugout Club Hall of Fame.

Six players who played for Bergman are in the Dugout Club Hall of Fame.

He has been enshrined in Junior College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and those at Mesa State, Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University and North High School in Denver.

Bergman led Mesa Junior College to 13 appearances in the Junior College World Series, reaching the championship game three times. His clubs won 20 conference titles.

He was selected the bench coach on JUCO’s Golden Anniversary team in 2007.

The athletic fields at Colorado Mesa, including the baseball practice field and softball stadium, were named for Bergman in 1986. After his death last year, Mesa teams wore a “Bus” patch on their uniforms, and the baseball team’s throwback uniforms are from his coaching era.

Bergman coached baseball for 23 years and football for 16 at Mesa, winning more than 100 football games and more than 1,000 baseball games as the coach at Mesa and the Grand Junction Eagles semipro team.

Walt and his sons, Brett and Eric, will accept the honor.


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