Hall of Fame Inductees


The El Dorado Elks Semi-Pro Baseball Team won the NBC State Championship played at Lawrence Stadium, Wichita, Kansas in August of 1950. The team also played four games in the national tournament in Wichita. El Dorado was undefeated in the State going into the final game and was opposed by the Topeka Decker Oilers. El Dorado lost the first game by a score of 6-4 but came back in the second game to beat Topeka by a score of 8-5. The game didn't end until 1:45 A.M. an there was an estimated crown of 7,000 in attendance with 2,500 from Butler County. Ray Uniak hit a home run in the fifth inning that led to the victory. The El Dorado Elks was the first team from Butler County to win the State Semi-Pro Tournament. The El Dorado Team was voted the most popular team in the tournament and Smokey Joe Mallot was voted the leading pitcher in the tournament. In addition, Mallot, Homer Smotherman, Jim Griffin, Jack Picket and Ray Uniak were named to the All-State Team. The team's record was 37 wins and 10 loses for the season.

Homer Smotherman, Paul Baker, Lee Beran, Bill Paine, Joe Mallot, Maurice Ketchum, Ray Uniak, Jim Griffin and Carl Lemon all played professional baseball in the Minor Leagues.

Players added to the team for the National Tournament in Wichita are: Jim Morris (Pitcher), Justin Brown (Pitcher), Cliff Haywood (2B), Don Kirkwood (SS), Andy Teter (LF)

State Tournament Results
Elks vs. K.C. Cole DrugsW6-3
Elks vs. Wichita RoskamW3-0
Elks vs. K.C Catholic ClubW10-1
Elks vs. Augusta MerchantsW10-3
Elks vs. CoffevilleW11-4
Elks vs. Topeka Decker OilersW7-6
Elks vs. Wichita Boeing BombersW6-2
Elks vs. Topeka Decker OilersW4-3
Elks vs. Topeka Decker OilersW8-5


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