Fueled by a passion for baseball at an early age, Rod engaged in a lifetime journey that took him from a right-handed toddler to a left-handed pitcher at the age of two. He progressed from the Little League fields in Santa Fe, New Mexico to a professional minor league career that covered three countries. It wasn't until he amassed over 260 victories in the amateur Men's Adult Baseball League that he became "Ageless Arm." At 45-he threw a 222 pitch double-header victory in Puerto Rico that amazed both teammates and opponents. At the age of 47, he was still throwing no-hitters and shutouts, while traveling the MABL's national circuit. Currently employed as a vice president with Bank of the West, he spends most of his time teaching pitching mechanics to local kids. He is chasing 300 wins and will reach his personal goal sometime in the year 2013.
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About the Author
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was the youngest of four brothers and one sister born to Tony and Maude Tafoya. He began his education at Gonzales Elementary School, then entered St. Michael’s High School as a seventh-grader. At St. Michael’s, he was student body vice president his senior year, enjoyed English most of all, and is presently a foundation board member of his alma mater.
At New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Rod majored in business management and studied three years there before transferring to Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and graduating in 1989 with a degree in business management. Not only was he solid in academics, but, as he was back at St. Michael’s, Rod continued on as a stellar left-handed pitcher both at NMHU and at Newman.
He was hooked on community services and still is. When the struggling nation of Guatemala was in times of need, Rod was right there in 1999-2000 as part of a Rotary International Project to aid the needy. He traveled to Guatemala, also served as an interpreter, and even offered his assistance when an emergency surgery arose. Still at it, he also contributed to the annual baseball clinic held in Espanola, New Mexico, and spends most of his free time teaching pitching mechanics to youngsters. Then there’s his love for playing baseball and love for his family.
Currently employed as a vice president of Bank of the West in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he credits his late mother and father for instilling a good work ethic, passion, and a will to dream positive for his many successes in life. He is also thankful for his older brother, Jack, for taking the time to help him turn into a classic southpaw pitcher over these remarkable 45 years. Jim, Glenn and Judy are his other siblings who still marvel at his achievements on the mound.