Hall of Fame Inductees


In 1937, the El Dorado Skelly Baseball players won fourth place in the Kansas State semi-pro Baseball Tournament held at Wichita in July. The club was jinxed just prior to the tournament by a series of injuries which left them with only eleven men to play in the grueling state event, but the eleven men played seven games in eight nights, annexing fourth place money and trophy as well as individual honors.

Among the six victories captured by the Skelly Club was a sound trouncing administered to the Wichita Water Club, state champions of 1936, by the score of 12 to 1. Paul "Lefty" Herman pitched the feature contest and gave the Wichita Club their first defeat in Wichita in 1937.

Skelly won the hitting championship of the state tourney without a close competitor, having five men listed in the first eleven hitters of the more than 50 participating players. Allen Gibson led the state with a brilliant average of .471, while K.C. Fabian, "Peck" McEachern, Hugh Gibson and Carl Allen were the other four among the select eleven.

Skelly also annexed the base stealing championship led by Carl Allen who pilfered fourteen bases. Allen was proclaimed by tournament officials to be the speediest player that ever participated in the state event.

Their fine play was portrayed in the fact that of the sixteen players selected on the all-state team, six were Skelly men. Honus Wagner, High Commissioner of Semi-Pro baseball, awarded certificates of all state recognition to Allen Gibson, Hugh Gibson, K.D. Fabian, Carl Allen, L.V. McEachern and Hubert Orndorff.


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