Hall of Fame Inductees

 1926 American Legion

El Dorado won the very first Kansas State Tournament sponsored by American Legion Baseball. The Post 81 Wildcats also went on to win the Western Regional and play in American Legion World Series. The El Dorado squad was an All-Star team picked from teams playing in the local summer league which was comprised of players from El Dorado, Oil Hill, Towanda, Midian, Rosalia and Leon. Games were played at Wonderland Park, east of Vine on Fourth. The municipal swimming pool was also located in the park. El Dorado hosted the Southern Regional, beating Independence 7-3 and 6-4, earning the right to meet Hays in the State Championship, who had beat Manhattan. El Dorado was the host in the State Tournament, beating Hays 9-5 and 12-7.

They traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to play in the Western Sectional competing against Decatur, Texas, Crosby, Minnesota and Beresford, South Dakota. The defeated Crosby 7-4 in the first round of play and then scored 6 runs in the ninth inning to come from behind and beat Beresford 9-7 for the championship.

The local team made the long trip to Philadelphia, by train, for the World Series. The Series was played in Shibe Park and featured National League umpires. Legendary manager, Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics threw out the first pitch. Teams in the tournament were Springfield, Illinois, Pocatello, Idaho, Yonkers, New York and El Dorado. The team lost to Pocatello 9-5 and Yonkers 18-1.

Montgomery and Bramble were the starting pitchers, with one playing shortstop when the other pitched. Pier was the first baseman and Lamb played centerfield every game. Rogers was the 2nd baseman but did play shortstop as well as the outfield. Hobbs and Coulter shared catching duties and played outfield. Hasler, played 3rd base and left field. Bidwell and Thompson were outfielders and Seiler, Kelly and Long were infielders. Russell Gill was the coach and Phil McDonough was the team manager.


The Baseball Hall of Fame is open by appointment by calling Sam Leben at 316-321-2357, El Dorado Parks Department at 316-322-4975 or El Dorado Recreation Department at 316-321-9100.


El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
210 N. Griffith
El Dorado, KS 67042

United States