Pueblo's Ken Ramos didn't quite become a Major League Baseball star — but he was good enough to spend ten years in the pros and earn his way into the Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame.
Now, however, the 48-year-old is dead in what the Pueblo coroner has determined was a murder-suicide in which he killed his wife, Lisa Ramos, before taking his own life.
A number of baseball cards featuring Ramos can be found online.
Here's one showing him as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization....
...and another related to a Houston Astros farm team:
The Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame page devoted to Ramos traces his career from high school ball in Pueblo to brief appearances in the majors, including an opportunity to bat at Coors Field, with a mention of a coaching stint back in his hometown:
Kenneth C. "Ken" Ramos
Before/During High School: Ramos played for seven seasons (1973-79) as a pitcher/outfielder in the Old Timers league and one season of Babe Ruth baseball (1980)...Ken played three years of B Legion ball from 1981-83 and two seasons (1984-85) with the Pueblo Elks while attending Pueblo East H.S.
High School: Attended Pueblo East H.S., graduating in 1985...Played four seasons for the Eagles from 1981-85.
Individual Honors — High School (Baseball):
Hit .431 senior year.
First-Team South Central League
Helped lead Pueblo Elks to the Andenucio Tournament Title in 1984 — Last Pueblo team to accomplish this feat.
College: Started his collegiate baseball career at Otero Junior College (OJC) where he played for one year (1985) before transferring the University of Nebraska University and playing on the Cornhuskers baseball team for three years beginning in 1986 until he graduated in 1989... During the summer months while in college, Ramos played for two years (1986-87) with the Pueblo Collegians and one season (1988) with the Wichita Broncos.
Individual Honors - College — OJC (Baseball):
Hit .484 in 1986. (2nd in the Nation)
Led team in batting average, hits, home runs (17), doubles and only struck out twice all season.
Individual Honors — College - Nebraska (Baseball):
Led N.U. 1987-1989 in batting average: .393 - 1987; .372 - 1988; .356 - 1989.
Left Nebraska University with the highest career average in School History .370
Tied for Second - triples, and most runs scored,
Third most runs scored, most stolen bases, Hits and Walks
Led the Nation in 1988 in runs scored - 100
Professional baseball: Played 10 years professionally, six at the AAA level winning two championships...Played numerous games against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox...Ken was part of the following professional baseball organizations:
1989-94 Cleveland Indians, Organization
Signed contract with Cleveland Indians in 1989.
Won two minor league batting titles in Cleveland system, hitting .345 in 1990 and .339 in 1992.
Named Cleveland’s minor league player of the year in 1992 ahead of Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome.
Earned a spot on Cleveland’s 40 man roster after 1992 season.
1994 Chicago White Sox, Organization (10 days)
1994-98 Houston Astros, Organization
Reached childhood dream of getting to the major leagues in 1997 with the Houston Astros playing against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
1998 Minnesota Twins, Organization (6 weeks)
1999 Montreal Expos, Organization (1 month)
— Retired in 1999 after spring training invite with Montreal Expos..
— Recorded a professional career batting average of .307.
Coaching Background: Ken used his baseball knowledge from playing to serve as the head coach of Pueblo Central H.S., for four years (2000-2003)... During his tenure as the Wildcats' coach, Ramos posted a record of 76 wins against 21 losses, won four district championships and made the final four of the state baseball tournament twice and final six once.
Personal: Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Lisa Ramos
Cut to Sunday, May 15, shortly after 3 p.m., at the home Ken and Lisa shared on Ironbridge Lane in Pueblo.
That's when a family member discovered the bodies of the couple.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a neighbor heard a woman screaming at the residence around that time.
The coroner subsequently identified the pair and surmised that Ken shot Lisa and then himself.
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Look below to see a brief report about these tragic developments from KOAA-TV.