SHE BECAME one of El Paso’s greatest all-around female athletes. At age 5 she began participating in rodeos and at age 15 she was crowned Grand Champion. At Crockett Elementary School she participated in swimming, neighborhood track, basketball and football contests.
She took up tennis, and at Austin High School she won the state singles championship in 1945. During her time at Austin High she was also selected Queen of Austin in Action, named All-Austin Girl, named Most Popular Girl and served as a cheerleader,
AT UNIVERSITY of Arizona, she won letters in basketball, volleyball, field hockey, bowling, swimming, golf and tennis and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame.
Along the way she met handsome Joe Hoover. She found he liked to play golf, so she took it up seriously, accomplishing two goals. She married Mr. Hoover and was so successful at golf she was crowned El Paso City golf champion three times. And in 1972 she had one of the most amazing streaks ever seen in golf by an El Pasoan. She played in 19 tournaments on 12 different courses and won 15 of them.
BUT WHY AM I telling you all this? It’s because Mary Hoover turned 90 years old on Jan. 15. She’s suffering from osteoporosis and emphysema, but when I talked to her, she seemed mentally alert. She still plays bridge once a week. All in all, she’s doing well, and it couldn’t happen to a finer lady.
TRIVIA QUESTION: A former winner of the Calder Trophy in the National Hockey League was also the winning pitcher and MVP of the 1989 Little League World Series? Who was it? Answer at end of column.
Sanchez, Ray. “One of El Paso’s Greatest Athletes Turns 90.” El Paso Inc, 28 Jan. 2018, p. 4B.