I was wondering what it would take to compile a list of every professional Jai Alai player that stepped on the cancha.  All be it a very daunting task, it would be valuable in preserving history and passing it on to fans of the future.  This task itself might go the way of the dinosaurs, but I thought I would give it a start.  I've been following Orlando Jai Alai closely for 15 or so years.  I am starting with the players that were on the OJA roster anytime during that period.  I am working out of a spreadsheet for easy sorting.  Any additions are greatly appreciated!  (I am sure I have already missed many obvious names):

Down the road we could add other years, other frontons, and maybe even years played, etc.

***This opening post will be updated to reflect the latest revisions.  As noted below, let's expand the list to every player that has played at OJA.  I'm going to need lots of help!

We are up to 409!

ABASOLO
ACOSTA
AGUIRRE
AGUSTIN
AIZARNA
AJURIA
ALAVA
ALBERDI II
ALBERTO
ALDANA
ALDAZ 
ALDAZABAL
ALEJANDRO
ALLIEZ
ALTU
ALTUNA
AMORE
ANACABE
ANDANO
ANDIA
ANDRE
ANDY
ANGEL
ANGEL (2)
ANGOITIA
ANTONIO
ANTONIO
ANTXON
APERRI
APRAIZ
AQUINO
ARAMAYO
ARANA
ARCA
ARECHA
AREITIO
ARELLANO
ARETA
ARRA
ARRA II
ARRASATE
ARRAZOLA
ARRIETA I 
ARRIETA II
ARRONA
ARTA
ARTE
ARTECHE
ARTETA
ARTURO
ASABEL
ASTIGA
ATANO
AYMAR
AZCA
AZCUE
AZPI
AZPILLAGA
AZPIRI
BADIOLA
BARBE
BARONIO
BARQUIN
BARRUTI
BASCARAN
BASTIDA
BAYO
BEDOYA
BEITIA
BELAZA
BELTRAN
BENGOA II
BERASATEGUI
BEREIKUA
BERICUA
BERRA
BETO
BILBAO I
BILBAO II
BILBAO III
BILL
BLAS
BOB
BOLIVAR
BROCK
BRODERIK
BRUNO
BRYAN
CABALLERO
CACHO
CALVIN
CALZACORTA
CARMELO
CARVALHO
CASTILLO
CASTRO
CEBERIO
CHAGA
CHAROLA
CHASIO
CHAZ
CHENA
CHIMELA
CHUCHO
CHURRUCA
CILONIZ
COBIAN
COLE
CONRADO
CORKY
CORTARENA
CUEVAS
CURRI
DANA
DANNY
DAVALOS
DAVE
DOMINGO
DON
DOUG
DURANGO_KID
DYER
ECHANIZ
ECHANO
ECHANO II
ECHAVE
ECHEVA
ECHEVA II
EDDY
EDUARDO
EGANA I
EGANA II
EGEA
EGI
EGUIA
ELEXPE
ELICEGI
ELIZALDE
ELORRI  
ELORRIAGA
ELORRIO
ELORZ
ELU
ENRIQUE (I/II)
ERDOZA
ERIK
ERKIAGA
ERKIAGA II
ERKIZIA
ERMU
ESTEBEN
ESTRADA
FARAH
FAUSTO
FELIX
FERMIN
FERNANDEZ
FERNANDO
FILIPINO
FONDO
FORONDA
FORURIA
FRANK
FRIAS
FUERTES
FURQUET
GABI 
GABIOLA
GALLA 
GALLARDO
GALLO
GANDI
GARATE
GARAY I
GARAY II
GARITA
GASTI I
GASTI II
GAYTAN
GERARDO
GILBERT
GINO
GOIKOETXEA
GOITIZ
GORONNO
GOROS  
GOROSTOLA
GUENAGA
GUERNICA
GURRA
HERNANDEZ
HOEY
IBARRA
IBARRETA
ICA
IGNACIO
IKEDA
INAKI
IRA
IRAZABAL
IRIARTE
IRIGO  
IRIGOYEN
IRU
IRUSTA
ISAAC
ISIDRO
IVAN
IZA I
IZA II
J. ECHANIZ
JACIN
JAIME
JAVI
JAVIER I  
JAVIER II
JERICHO
JESUS
JOAQUIN
JOHN
JON
JORGE
JOSE I
JOSE II 
JUAN
JUAN III
JUAN LEON
JUANCHU
JULITO
KEVIN I 
KEVIN II
KOLDO
KOMPA
LACA
LACKEY
LAGA
LARREA
LARRI
LARRU
LAURENT
LECUBE
LECUE
LENIZ
LEO
LEQUE
LIAM
LIZU
LLATA
LORENZO I  
LORENZO II
LOZA
LUIS I  
LUIS II
MAGURE
MANDIOLA
MANOLO
MANUEL
MARCEL
MARKU
MARSHALL
MARTI
MARTINEZ
MARTORELL
MARURI
MATEO
MAYA
MEABE
MENCHA I
MENCHA II
MENDEZ
MENDI
MENDIBE
MIGUEL
MIKE
MIKEL
MILO
MIOTA
MOLINA
MUGERZA I
MUGERZA II
MUJICA
MUNOZ
MURUA
MUSKIZ
NAPA
NAVARRO
NEGUI
ODRIOZOLA
OGUIZAII
OLA
OLABE
OLARRE
OLASO
OLEA
OLEA II
ONAINDIA
ONATE
ORBEA III
OROZCO
ORTIZ
OSA I
OSA II
OTHON
OYARI
PABLO
PAGA
PANCHO
PARDO
PAREYON
PATXI
PEDRO
PEDROSA
PENA
PEREZ
PETE
PIERRE
PINSON
PITA
PLUMA
PRADERA
QUINITO
QUIOLA
RAFAEL
RAMON
RAMOS
RASTOCK
RAWLINGS
RECALDE
RENE
REYES
RICA
RICARDO
RICKY
ROBIDE
ROBLES
ROCHA
RODOLFO
ROGER
ROGERS
ROMO
RUBEN
RYNE
SABINO
SAGAS
SAID
SALA
SALSAMENDI
SALUCE
SANCHEZ
SANTI
SARA
SARASUA
SARMI
SCOTT
SEBIO
SEGUNDO
SIERRA
SIERRA II
SIMON
SOLALDE
SOLANA
SOLOZOBAL
SOTIL
SPINNER
SYERS
TAIN
TEJERO
TIM
TINO
TODD
TOMAS
TOMMY
TONI
TONO
TORRES
TOTORICA
TROY
TXELIS
TYRONE
UGARTE
URALDE
URBIETA
URIA
URIZAR I
URIZAR II
URQUIDI
URQUIDI II
URQUIDI III
URZA
VEGA
VEGAS
VICTOR
VILLAR I
VILLAR II
WAYNE
YZA
ZABALA
ZADA
ZALDUA
ZARANDONA
ZARRA 
ZARRAGA
ZARRE
ZATE II
ZUBI  
ZUBI II
ZUGAZA
ZUMAYA
ZURI

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What about either Kevin or the great Ugarte?
Not a Baronio fan Rob???   LOL
The list not nearly complete without Pete...and ...Fondo...  Two of Elorri's favorites.

Thanks everyone ...

Brian - for the life of me, I do not remember Ugarte.  I think we have talked about this in the past.
Steve - who is this Baronio you speak of (pretty sad ... my bad!)
DPOE - I'm assuming Pete and Fondo played more than 15 years ago?  That being said, maybe I should open up the floodgates now and expand the list to every player that has played at OJA. 

I will update that master list above with these changes.


I will check my programs and see what his years were exactly

ZADA/

RICARDO/ CHAROLA/ CALZACORTA/ DURANGO KID /FAUSTO/ PITA/IRAZABAL/EDUARDO/GARAY/ECHANO

/FARAH/CHASIO/BILBAO/MANOLO/

/JESUS/IRUSTA/CASTRO/OLEA II/LEQUE/MIKEL/GOROSTOLA/RICA/GABIOLA/ZARRE/OYARI/ELORZ/ARANA/ZUBI II/ATANO/YZA/AGUIRRE/OLASO/ZUMAYA/TOMAS/ZARRAGA

 

What about are the strike scabbers that we play with at DJA? LOL
   I also believe there was some guy named Bolivar that may have won a game or 2 on the Orlando cancha...LOL  of course that was more than 15 years ago...
Good stuff everyone, thanks!  Keep 'em coming.

I'm going to bust out my opening day '62 program a little later.

If anyone sees duplicates, errors, etc, please let me know.
Jack you are so right...Dave Bradley was a great athlete.  He could've had a long career in jai alai but didn't want his whole life to be consumed by jai alai.  Local too..I think he's a Winter Park High graduate. 
Thanks!  Yeah, lots of cleaning up to do for consistency on caps, etc.  I received a flurry of responses and was just copy and pasting.  I didn't have Laca capitalized, but I DID have him listed twice (lol!)

Jack Benimble said:
The tennis turned Jai-Alai player Dave was phenomenal and E1/E2 can vouch for me that he was an incredible wall climber !  + Liam was smooth and captured a few win titles ! ... Tim was the "Master Blaster" and from the back he would throw forehand - the ball would hit the front and back wall twice before hitting the floor !!! ... and Cole caught consistent cancha ... another request - please Capitalize Laca < He's a backcourt God Rob !
How about Roger from back in the 80's (who I played with in Milford and Bridgeport) and Arteta who played a few years ago for 1 season in the backcourt...

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