Hall of Fame Inductees

 1949 American Legion

The 1949 American Legion team, with a record of 24-4, posted the best winning percentage in Post 81 history at .857. The team won the Fifth District Tournament played at Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) in El Dorado and went on to place 6th in the tournament at Neodesha.

In the District Tourney, the team downed McPherson 18-4, Wichita Ford (East) 10-6, Ark City 14-3 and Marion 8-5. Post 81 lost their opener at State to Lawrence 10-1. They came back to beat Hutchinson 12-6 before being eliminated by Parson 9-4. The only regular season losses were to Hutchinson 12-11 and Salina 10-7. Other highlights of the season were sweeping both the teams from Wichita East and Wichita North.

Hall of Famer, Coe Orndorff coached the team, and the business manager was Scoop Hartnett. Pitchers were Ben Dalton, Jack McDonald, Mike Speaker and Claude Snook. Catchers were Bill Bolin, Del Knowles and Jim Huttenhoff. Infielders were Graham Newcomer, Richard Tarrant, Don Prigmore, Lynn Guthrie and Gerald Lamb. Outfielders were Lewis (Lefty) Smith (also a Pitcher), Larry Hartshorn, Larry McKown and Ed Faulkner. Also playing for the team, but not certified for the post season were Jerry Hayes and Richard Thompson. Lonnie Snook was the bat boy.

McDonald went on to play in the New York Yankees farm system and Bolin played in the Cincinnati organization. Dalton lettered four years for the University of Kansas. Hartshorn, Newcomer and Prigmore all lettered in baseball at Kansas State.


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210 N. Griffith
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United States