El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum The El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit educational institution located in El Dorado, Kansas.
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Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) sometime in the 1950's.  Perhaps the 6550 is the date.  Note the benches (du...
05/03/2019

Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) sometime in the 1950's. Perhaps the 6550 is the date. Note the benches (dugouts came much later), the large trees along the fences and assorted sizes of tarps covering the backstop.

Sad to report that Doris Butler, mother of Hall of Famer, Tony Butler has passed away.  Doris is survived by sons Vic an...
04/23/2019
Doris A. Butler

Sad to report that Doris Butler, mother of Hall of Famer, Tony Butler has passed away. Doris is survived by sons Vic and Lynn, both of whom also played baseball in El Dorad and her husband, Wayne coached little league teams for several years. A memorial for Doris has been established for the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame.

Doris A. Butler, 86, passed away on April 17, 2019

04/20/2019

In the Spring of 1940, 26 men were working pouring concrete for Central Park Stadium. Starting June 6th, they had 52 men working in two 7 1/2 hour shifts building the stadium. The first 2 sections were complete by mid-August.

04/20/2019

I did some further research and the pictures I posted showing how the stadium looked when it first opened had to be in 1941 or later. Even though the field and fence were completed in time for the 1940 season, they started playing with temporary bleachers. More on that in my next post.

Another view of Central Park Stadium, upper right (now McDonald Stadium) which also must date from near the time it open...
04/18/2019

Another view of Central Park Stadium, upper right (now McDonald Stadium) which also must date from near the time it opened in 1940. There are sure a lot of buildings that are no longer there.

Picture of Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) as it appeared shortly after it opened in 1940.  Completed Fall, ...
04/11/2019

Picture of Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) as it appeared shortly after it opened in 1940. Completed Fall, 1939.

04/10/2019

This is the 80th season that baseball games have been played at McDonald Stadium. The 80th anniversary of the 1st game played will be in early June, 2020. It is still one of the best municipal owned stadiums in Kansas and I hope it is maintained so it lasts another 80.

04/09/2019

The recent death of El Dorado native Richard “Jerry” Jones reminded me of a piece of the history of McDonald Stadium. The first electronic scoreboard had previously been the football scoreboard at Community Athletic Field (later named Blackmore Stadium).

In order to convert it to baseball took some rewiring of the scoreboard and modifying the control. At the time, Jerry worked for Graham Electric and Jerry was the one who converted it. I believe that was April of 1968, but no later than April 1969.

That scoreboard was placed outside the fence and just a little ways past the third base dugout. All scoreboards were electro-mechanical until 1974 (and some much later). They had gears behind each digit that would turn to change the number. The gears on the visitor score got so worn that often someone would have to go out and bang on the back with a board to get the score to change.

Rest In Peace Jerry and thank you for your contribution to El Dorado baseball.

01/24/2019

Next banquet and induction ceremony will be January 2020. Look for announcement of date and time by the end of next month.

01/06/2019

Funeral for Hall of Famer, Parry Owen will be Friday, 1/11 at 2:00 PM. First Christian Church in El Dorado.

01/05/2019

It is with great sadness that I report Parry Owen has lost his battle with cancer.

01/03/2019

This is an update on my previous sharing of the GoFundMe for Parry Owen. Parry is at home now and hospice has been called in.

I don't often share these but I have known Parry for over 50 years and he is a great guy and one of the earliest inducte...
12/23/2018
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I don't often share these but I have known Parry for over 50 years and he is a great guy and one of the earliest inductees in the Hall of Fame

My Father-in-Law, Parry ‘Pops’ Owen, was recently diagnosed with stage four melanoma. While there were several areas of his body affected, the brain is the most problematic and Pops was not comfortable with radiation because he didn’t want to lose his ‘jokes’ (he has a great sense of humor...

12/23/2018

We didn't lose another Hall of Famer, but did lose the mother of 3 members of the Hall this week. Georgia Higgins passed away unexpectedly this week. Her oldest son, Jerry, is an individual inductee and was also a member of the 1966 American Legion State Champions. Tom was inducted as a member of the 1966 Elks State Champions and Rocky was inducted as a member of both the 1972 and 1973 American Legion State Runner-up teams.

Yes, that is a frozen lake beyond left field and behind the 3rd base dugout.
06/28/2018

Yes, that is a frozen lake beyond left field and behind the 3rd base dugout.

The farthest north baseball/softball field in the US and most likely in the world in Barrow, Alaska.  If any coaches hav...
06/28/2018

The farthest north baseball/softball field in the US and most likely in the world in Barrow, Alaska. If any coaches have players who complain about the conditions of the fields they have to play on or the weather, show them these pictures. Temperature on June 26th, was a balmy 45 degrees but there was a 15-25 mph wind.

06/22/2018

I failed to mention that the home plate umpire was 74 year old Kansan, Bob Homolka. He used to work Wichita State games with Oral Taylor.

113th Annual Midnight Sun game in Fairbanks.  The Alaska Goldpanners have hosted the game since 1960, losing only 12 tim...
06/22/2018

113th Annual Midnight Sun game in Fairbanks. The Alaska Goldpanners have hosted the game since 1960, losing only 12 times. El Dorado Coors played here in 1978, winning 10-1. The only other Kansas team to make the trip was the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners in 1963, winning 3-1. First pitch used to be midnight, but now 10 PM (pictured)

Legion baseball may be dead in El Dorado, but it is still going strong in Alaska.  Here is the first pitch of the game b...
06/21/2018

Legion baseball may be dead in El Dorado, but it is still going strong in Alaska. Here is the first pitch of the game between the visiting North Pole Alaska Wild and home team Fairbanks 49ers at midnight. The second picture is the action at sunset 12:48 AM on June 21st on a field with no lights. Sunrise will be at 2:58 but it will get no darker than dusk.

06/01/2018

Legendary El Dorado High School coach, Brad Long sent me some other stats for Matt Cross. His senior year, 1976, Matt was the starting left fielder for 19 of 20 games for the AVL Champion Wildcats and hit .288 good for 3rd among the starters. He was also 3rd in On Base Average and RBI's and 2nd in doubles.

The Cats' overall record was 13-7 and AVL record 7-3 with Kenny Fowler as assistant coach.

05/29/2018

It is with great sadness that I relay news of the passing of Hall of Fame member Matt Cross. Matt was one of the batboys for the 1972 El Dorado American Legion team. I don't usually post statistics for recreation league teams, however this is an exception.

The following year, Matt caught and played outfield for the Pony League (13-15) Co-Champion and Post Season Tournament Champion, Buckeye Supply. The team finished 12-3 and Matt was the 3rd leading hitter at .282. He was also 2nd in RBI's and tied for 3rd in stolen bases. His most impressive stat was a strikeout average of only .103 when the team average was .313.

05/06/2018

Correction—It was the 1983 Hutchinson Broncs with Palmeiro that played at McDonald Stadium against the El Dorado Indians. That may have been the most talented team to ever play at McDonald Stadium. The outfield was made up of Palmeiro, Pete Incaviglia and Barry Bonds and a guy named Will Clark played first base.

05/05/2018

Albert Pujols became the second player who played in McDonald Stadium to reach 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues. Pujols played for the Hays Larks against the El Dorado Broncos.

The first to accomplish the feat was Rafael Palmeiro who played for the Hutchinson Broncs against the El Dorado Indians in 1973. HOF Board Member John Scanlon was one of the pitchers that day for El Dorado.

05/03/2018

The grandson of Hall of Famer, Kenny Fowler has committed to play SEC baseball for the University of Georgia. Kaden Fowler is currently a sophomore catcher for Barton County Community College.

EHS baseball drew big crowds even in the cold.  Recognize any of these girls?  We swept Newton 7-3 and 3-1.  We also swe...
04/13/2018

EHS baseball drew big crowds even in the cold. Recognize any of these girls? We swept Newton 7-3 and 3-1.
We also swept Southeast, Kapaun and KC Washington (a real power back then) and split with perennial power Pittsburg Colgan. Plus, a sweep of Circle. Leading hitter was Dale Ball followed by Robbie Moore and Steve Gillies. Leading pitchers were Chris Martinez, Rocky Higgins and Bill Brentlinger. March 30, 1973 El Dorado Times.

1966 Elks State Champions pictured with their trophy.  I don't know if this is the District or State trophy.  Photo cour...
04/08/2018

1966 Elks State Champions pictured with their trophy. I don't know if this is the District or State trophy. Photo courtesy of Clint Milbourn whose dad, Rex, was assistant coach and is pictured in back far right.

Members of the 1939 Stephens Auto Supply semi-pro team in front of the store on North Main in El Dorado.  L-R: John Milb...
04/06/2018

Members of the 1939 Stephens Auto Supply semi-pro team in front of the store on North Main in El Dorado. L-R: John Milbourn, Cecil Holland, Rex Milbourn and Don Marley. Photo courtesy of Rex Milbourn.

Here are 21 of the Hall of Famers who attended the 20th Anniversary Banquet and Induction Ceremony.  Seated, L-R: Dave B...
01/22/2018

Here are 21 of the Hall of Famers who attended the 20th Anniversary Banquet and Induction Ceremony. Seated, L-R: Dave Beckner, J.D. Schneider, Wayne Morton, Brad Long, Kenny Fowler, Sam Leben, B.D. Parker. Standing, L-R: Jeremy Shipman, J.R. DiMercurio, Wes Blanton, Max Honeyman, Jim Jackson, Rick Scott, Dave Hall, John Wallace, Brad Macy, Brian Morrow, Jason Patty, Jeff McCannon, Parry Owen, Steve Gillies.

Members of the undefeated 1966 Elks State Champions who attended the banquet to be induced in the Hall of Fame.  L-R: Da...
01/20/2018

Members of the undefeated 1966 Elks State Champions who attended the banquet to be induced in the Hall of Fame. L-R: Dave Beckner, Bart Long, Mike Glendening, Jeff Swilley, Tom Higgins and Steve Hammer.

Butler inductee Jeff McCannon receives his Hall of Fame plaque.
01/19/2018

Butler inductee Jeff McCannon receives his Hall of Fame plaque.

Broncos inductee, J.R. DiMercurio receiving his plaque from Sam Leben.
01/19/2018

Broncos inductee, J.R. DiMercurio receiving his plaque from Sam Leben.

2018 El Dorado High School inductee Jason Patty receiving his plaque.
01/18/2018

2018 El Dorado High School inductee Jason Patty receiving his plaque.

2018 inductee Rick Scott receiving his plaque from Sam Leben, who also introduced him.
01/18/2018

2018 inductee Rick Scott receiving his plaque from Sam Leben, who also introduced him.

We have some sad news to report.  Bill Starkey, who was just inducted in the Hall of Fame on Saturday, passed away on Tu...
01/17/2018

We have some sad news to report. Bill Starkey, who was just inducted in the Hall of Fame on Saturday, passed away on Tuesday. Here he is pictured with his son, Scott right after he was inducted. Scott was the one who presented his dad for induction.

01/14/2018

Congratulations to all the 2018 inductees and thank you to all who attended the banquet.

01/12/2018

We still have plenty of food for more people. If you know someone who didn't make a reservation, encourage them to come or bring them with you. Open House 3:00-5:00 at the HOF Museum at McDonald Stadium. Civic Center opens at 4:15. Banquet starts at 5:30 with social both before and after banquet. We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

01/10/2018

Come by the Hall of Fame Museum on Saturday to see all the displays including the bios and pictures of the 2018 inductees. The Museum will be open from 3:00-5:00. We will open the Civic Center at 4:15 with the banquet starting at 5:30.

01/09/2018

138 tickets reserved by the deadline. If you know someone who didn't make a reservation, encourage them to come. We can still serve another 10-15. 20th Anniversary Banquet and Induction Ceremony this Saturday, 5:30 El Dorado Civic Center.

01/08/2018

We are up to 115 reservations for the 20th Anniversary Banquet and Induction Ceremony next Saturday. You can still make reservations tomorrow at [email protected] or call me at 316-321-2357.

Here are umpire, Bill Starkey and the 1966 Elks State Champions.  Reserve tickets to see them inducted on January 13th.
01/06/2018

Here are umpire, Bill Starkey and the 1966 Elks State Champions. Reserve tickets to see them inducted on January 13th.

J R DiMercurio 2018 Broncos inductee and Jeff McCannon, 2018 Butler inductee.  Reserve your tickets by Monday as only a ...
01/06/2018

J R DiMercurio 2018 Broncos inductee and Jeff McCannon, 2018 Butler inductee. Reserve your tickets by Monday as only a handful of tickets available without reservation. Email [email protected] for the banquet and induction ceremony on January 13th.

El Dorado High School inductees, Rick Scott and Jason Patty.  Make reservations for tickets to the 20th anniversary banq...
01/04/2018

El Dorado High School inductees, Rick Scott and Jason Patty. Make reservations for tickets to the 20th anniversary banquet and induction ceremony on January 13th at El Dorado Civic Center. Email [email protected]. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids payable at the door. Please reserve by January 8th as there will be limited tickets available without reservations.

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210 N Griffith St
El Dorado, KS
67042

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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(316) 321-2357

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