This is the 36th installment of “Old Pueblo Abuelo,” a thought on positive things happening in the Old Pueblo from a sometimes cranky and often times humorous grandfather actually born in Tucson and writing from my desk in Tucson, the Old Pueblo.
Of the 1,429 wins earned by the Tucson Badger baseball team dating back to the dawn of the previous century, Oscar Romero was responsible for 488 of those as the head coach from 1990 to 2018, when he retired from teaching and coaching. He went on to be an assistant coach at Adams State and, more recently, Pima. One of the most important victories in his life came with the birth of his grandchild, Orelia Cianna, making Oscar an abuelo from the Old Pueblo.
We got some really bad news in March when Oscar was hospitalized for a week after being diagnosed with Liver Cancer. Oscar had targeted radiation treatments but he is in need of a liver transplant with hopes of that taking place before the end of the year.
As one can imagine, costs for this procedure will be high with estimates coming to around $100,000. Oscar is a very proud person, as his wife, Jo Ann Arechederra-Romero. The Arechederra family also has a rich history as educators in the Old Pueblo.
You can find it in your heart to help my friends Oscar and Jo Ann, I would appreciate it. Every bit helps.
Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com