Hall of Fame Inductees

 1952 Wildcats

The 1952 Wildcats placed 2nd in the State Tournament held at Central Park Stadium (now McDonald Stadium) in El Dorado. They are the only EHS team to ever make the finals of the state tournament playing against the largest schools in the state.

At that time, there was only one tournament for all classifications of schools. Other teams in the tourney that year were Kansas City Wyandotte, Wichita East, Wichita North, Planeview, Topeka High, Great Bend and Victoria. Planeview was also a Wichita school on the south side of the city that closed when Southeast opened in the late 1950's. Wichita East was the largest school in Kansas with an enrollment of 3,000 and El Dorado's enrollment was 435.

The Wildcats downed Planeview 6-3 in their tourney opener and edged Great Bend 5-4 in the semifinals. El Dorado faced a familiar foe in Wichita North in the Championship Game. North had won the regular season game in Wichita and El Dorado had defeated the Redskins 5-3 to win the Regional Championship. A small right hander, Bob Page from Oil Hill had been the winning pitcher in that game with a drop-off curve that nobody could hit. Page was on the mound again in the Championship Game after appearing in relief the night before. In the finals, El Dorado an North were knotted at 5 apiece until North pushed across 2 runs late in the contest for a 7-5 win.

El Dorado was coached by Jim McDonald and nine members of that squad are already enshrined in the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame as coaches, players or members of other teams. Six years earlier, in 1946, McDonald had started what he called the El Dorado Pee Wee League. These teammates had played with and against each other all of those six years in Pee Wee League, Junior League, Senior League, Skelly All-Stars and American Legion. Two team members, Bill Bolin and Vern Orndorff, went on to play professionally and Orndorff is also in the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

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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.

Location

El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
210 N. Griffith
El Dorado, KS 67042
contact@eldoradobaseballhof.org

United States