Tito Riera-Gomez (’64) – Baseball
Tito and his son, Rick are the first father and son to be inducted in any of Columbus’ three halls of fame.
Tito was a member of the class of 1964. He was a two-sport standout but he is coming into the sports hall of fame as a baseball player. He was three-year starter on the varsity baseball team.
Playing second base and leading off for the Explorers, Tito was named first team All-Catholic twice and was first team all-city as a senior.
Tito earned a scholarship to the University of Miami and played for their legendary coach Ron Fraser for 4 years. He was a three-year starter for the Hurricanes.
In football, Tito played running back for the Explorers. As a junior, he scored the only touchdown on the night when Columbus upset Jackson High School, 7-6. The next season, Tito finished among the top 5 rushers in the county.
After Tito left the University of Miami, he went to work for Bell South and AT&T. In 37 years with the phone company he distinguished himself in community and media relations.
Tito is semi-retired today, still working as consultant on a part time basis.
Tito has been married for 37 years and he has three sons – all Columbus High graduates.