Hall of Fame Inductees

 1966 El Dorado Elks All-Stars

The 1966 El Dorado Elks All-Stars won the State Championship at Wellington after winning the Southeast Kansas District title at Chanute. At State, El Dorado downed Wellington 8-7, Hays 12-11 and Pratt 10-2. Mike Jones hurled a one-hitter in the championship game, fanning 14 and walking 2. Dave Davis and Dave Beckner split the pitching duties in each of the first two games. The other teams in the tourney were Concordia-Washington, Leavenworth, Junction City and Chanute.

In the District Tournament, El Dorado defeated Galena 10-0, Yates Center 10-2 and Chanute 4-3 in 9 innings. In the District Championship game, El Dorado trailed 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and 2 strikes on the batter (Jeff Swilley). Bart Long stole home to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

The teams traded a pair of runs in the 8th. Chanute's first run of that inning was scored by future El Dorado mayor, Randy Wells. El Dorado scored on Tom Higgins' leadoff triple, an error and a pair of groundouts. El Dorado catcher Mike Glendening ended it in the bottom of the 9th with an inside the park home run over the left fielder's head. Other teams in the district were Ft. Scott, Iola, Columbus and Winfield.

El Dorado team members were: Bart Long, Dave Beckner, Jeff Swilley, Mike Glendening, David Andrews, Tom Higgins, Gary McEachern, Mark Brown, Phil Canady, Herman Lovette, Craig Towner, Dave Davis, Mark Gilliland, Steve Hammer, Craig Schmidt and Mike Jones. The team was coached by Jack Ball and Rex Milbourn was his assistant. David Ball and Larry Phillips were the batboys. According to an article in The El Dorado Times, these were the final 6 games of an undefeated season. However, the number of wins before the district tournament is unavailable. In the 6 postseason games, the team clubbed 56 hits.


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

United States