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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05/25/2020

30 years ago tonight, El Dorado High School defeated Parsons in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament at McDonald Stadium. It was El Dorado's first appearance in the State Tournament since 1979 when it was 5A-6A.

Last night was the 80th anniversary of the first games at McDonald Stadium and here it is sitting empty last night.
05/25/2020

Last night was the 80th anniversary of the first games at McDonald Stadium and here it is sitting empty last night.

04/02/2020
El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum - A Quick Tour

Here is a video made by John Griffin of BCTV. A sort of mini tour of the museum. Of course, only a small part of the displays is included.

March 26, 2020, was supposed to be Opening Day for Major League Baseball. In honor of the hiatus of the National Pastime, BCTV has decided to honor the histo...

03/18/2020

The last time Kansas didn't have a State Champion in high school baseball was 1948. There had been tournaments in 1945-47. El Dorado coach and athletic director Jim McDonald pushed to bring it back and offered to host. El Dorado hosted one or all classes through 1995 except 1959,1977 and 1979.

Mac's Hoopie worse for wear after being hit by a Hiland Dairy truck today.
11/29/2019

Mac's Hoopie worse for wear after being hit by a Hiland Dairy truck today.

On Sunday, 3 outstanding athletes from the EHS Class of 1969 toured the Hall of Fame, Dave Beckner, Steve Place and Scot...
08/29/2019

On Sunday, 3 outstanding athletes from the EHS Class of 1969 toured the Hall of Fame, Dave Beckner, Steve Place and Scott Murray. Always happy to give tours.

Casey Stengel shown here warming up at Baker Bowl in Philadephia in 1921.  He played a game in El Dorado in 1919 in the ...
08/25/2019

Casey Stengel shown here warming up at Baker Bowl in Philadephia in 1921. He played a game in El Dorado in 1919 in the Oil Hill-Midian rivalry. In 1926, El Dorado American Legion played in the first American Legion World Series in Baker Bowl.

Hall of Fame EHS head coach Brad Long and his assistant Charles Teasley in 1973 or 1974.  Teasley left El Dorado to beco...
06/22/2019

Hall of Fame EHS head coach Brad Long and his assistant Charles Teasley in 1973 or 1974. Teasley left El Dorado to become head coach at Mustang, OK High School where he won a State Championship before moving on to Weatherford, OK High School where he won at least one more. Of course, Brad would go on to win the 1990 Kansas State Championship, finish 2nd in 1991 and 3rd in 1979 and 1992.

1968 El Dorado American Legion.  Back (l-r) Coach Bill Klein, Alan Swain, Dave Davis, Joe Palmer, Jerry Higgins, Eugene ...
06/17/2019

1968 El Dorado American Legion. Back (l-r) Coach Bill Klein, Alan Swain, Dave Davis, Joe Palmer, Jerry Higgins, Eugene Robert, Bob Johnston.
Front (l-r) Tom Williams, Bart Long, Batboy Buster Saferite, Tom Higgins, David Zlab.

1975 El Dorado American Legion.  Back (l-r): Kelly Whittington, Dan Cook, Randy Parker, Steve Gillies, Berry Smith and S...
06/14/2019

1975 El Dorado American Legion. Back (l-r): Kelly Whittington, Dan Cook, Randy Parker, Steve Gillies, Berry Smith and Steve Hall.
Middle (l-r): Troy Barnt, Mike Good, Tony Butler, Curtis Taylor, Matt Cross, Steve Andrews.
Front (l-r): Brad McLinden, Craig Wile, Jon Fountain, Bryan McLinden, Mike Howrey.
Photo courtesy of Berry Smith's son, Tyler.

Former El Dorado High School and Post 81 player, Justin Dunn on left is now a regional representative for Rawlings.  He ...
06/11/2019

Former El Dorado High School and Post 81 player, Justin Dunn on left is now a regional representative for Rawlings. He is shown here earlier this Spring presenting the Gold Glove awards to Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon.

For EHS, Justin caught, pitched (with a 3-0 career record) and played 2B and 3B. Justin was the third baseman for the 1990 5A State Champions.and the 1991 5A State Runners-up. Justin was named to the All State Tournament Team both years and 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a junior.

Better picture than I posted before.  Front: Batboys John Hatfield and Buster Saferite.  Middle (L-R): Tom Williams, Bar...
06/11/2019

Better picture than I posted before. Front: Batboys John Hatfield and Buster Saferite. Middle (L-R): Tom Williams, Bart Long, Jon Gull, Alan Swain, Jerry Williams. Back (L-R): Coach Bill Klein, Bob Johnston, Butch Cross, Eugene Robert, Joe Palmer, Jerry Higgins, Parry Owen, Leroy Burton.

1967 El Dorado American Legion
06/03/2019

1967 El Dorado American Legion

1985 Legion Home and Away Schedules taken from the 32 page program that was handed out at home games from 1981-1986.
05/31/2019

1985 Legion Home and Away Schedules taken from the 32 page program that was handed out at home games from 1981-1986.

1985 El Dorado American LegionBack L-R: Head Coach Joe Palmer, Jeff Little, Paul Ralston, Chuck Hamm, Eric Way, Bob McCo...
05/31/2019

1985 El Dorado American Legion
Back L-R: Head Coach Joe Palmer, Jeff Little, Paul Ralston, Chuck Hamm, Eric Way, Bob McCoy, Tom Haskell, Bob Macy, Asst. Coach Sam Leben.
Middle L-R: Jamie Van Dever, Marshall Hull, Justin Lucas, Preston Bailey, Mike Ward, David Striegel, Scott Jimison.
Front: Batboy Dan Leben.

05/22/2019

Save the date, Saturday, May 23, 2020. We will have a big 80th anniversary celebration for McDonald Stadium. That will be 80 years to the day from the first doubleheader at that location. More details will come over the next year.

Another aerial view of McDonald Stadium.  I don't know the exact location but I was told by Galen Blackmore that the pre...
05/20/2019

Another aerial view of McDonald Stadium. I don't know the exact location but I was told by Galen Blackmore that the previous baseball field was north of the railroad tracks and the municipal swimming pool was also there before it was moved to Forest Park. It was in the vicinity of the Buckeye Supply pipe yard (although might have been in that grassy area).

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
Click here to support Mela ‘no more’ ma organized by Daniel Gorman

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)

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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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I am interested to know if Tom Miles, El Dorado High School Class of 1965, has ever been inducted into the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame. If not, how would I be able to pursue that? I am Tom’s sister (Class of 1970). You may remember that Tom tragically died January 2, 1966, after an electrocution accident on December 22, 1965 while getting on-the-job training to become a lineman. He was a pitcher and lettered in baseball at EHS.