1992 Inductee - Frank Dobales


1992 Inductee - Frank Dobales

Inducted into the 1992 Mexican American Hall of Fame

Frank Dobales is a significant person who has many accomplishments and contributions that have been related to the betterment of society. Dobales has contributed to the athletic arena as a boxer and as a boxing coach. He was inducted into the 1989 Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame due to his athletic career.

Frank Dobales was the 1949 champion of the prestigious Delta Belt Tournament held in San Francisco. In 1947, Dobales was the Golden Glove Champion in the 118 pound weight category; which was also held in San Francisco. He turned professional at the age of 18, when his record was 16 wins and 4 losses. Due to his love for boxing and his admiration for his role model – Al Avila, Dobales coached boxer Benny Gerolaga to 2 national A.A.U. Titles. In 1966, Gerolaga became National Champion in New York and again in 1967 in San Diego – all coached by Dobales.

The highlights of Frank Dobales’s contributions include: 1972 Coach of the Northern California Golden Glove Team, which wend to the National Tournament in Las Vegas; 1978 Golden Glove Coach, in which his team went to Mississippi; 1979 Coach of the U.S.A. Boxing Team, in which the team boxed against East Germany in Lake Tahoe; Boxing Coordinator for the 21st Annual California Police Olympics in Stockton; Boxing Coach and Vice President of the Stockton Police Youth Activities.

Frank Dobales, as a great coach, continued to develop fighters with many successes; for instance, Fernando Castellan won the 1987 National Junior Olympics. Castellan was later invited by the U.S.A. Amateur Boxing Federation to compete against the Canadian Olympic Team in Miami. Moreover, one of his latest protégés is Rodney Jones, who won the 1991 California Golden Glove Championship at 156 pounds.

The accolades of Frank Dobales are numerous, as he has received many awards from the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Jester’s Club, and San Joaquin’s Lions Club. In 1979, he received the Latino Award from the Latin American Club for his volunteer work and dedication in the field of athletics. In addition, Dobales is called “the Volunteer Force Behind the Stockton Youth Boxing Program” and due to this, was awarded in 1985 for his contributions by the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Joaquin County.