Hall of Fame Inductees

 1973 American Legion

Bill Brentlnger, Christ Martinez, John Wallace and Dan Fagan handled most of the pitching chores during the season. Steve Gillies, Ron Parker and Dan Lawrence made up the rest of the pitching staff.

Brentlinger: 9-3, 1.25 ERA
Martinez: 8-3, 1.88 ERA
Wallace: 7-3, 2.01 ERA
Fagan: 6-2, 2.92 ERA

John Wallace, .338, Tony Butler, .333 and Dale Ball .316 led the team in hitting percentage. Butler had 55 hits, Wallace 47 and Ball 43. Wallace had the most doubles with 12, Barry Cross 11 and Rocky Swain 8. Steve Hall led the team with 5 triples. Gillies had 3 home runs and Cross 2. Wallace had 66 total bases, Butler 63 and Cross 57. Buxton had 39 walks, Cross 33, Hall 24. Cross was the stolen base leader with 17, Ball 15, and Wallace 13.

The outfield was made up of Gillies (LF), Cross (CF), and Ball or Hall (RF). Mike Arnett played in the outfield. The infield had Wallace or Ball at first base, Butler at 2nd, Parker at shortstop and Buxton at third. The catching duties were handled by Swain.

John Wallace was selected as the most valuable player by his teammates at the end of the regular season.

Barry Cross was awarded the most valuable player trophy in the State Tournament. He batted .435, had seven runs batted in and scored 8 runs-two of them game-winning runs.

Barry Cross, John Wallace and Sam Buxton were selected to play on the Western All-Star team to play in Lincoln, Kansas against the Eastern All-Star Team after the State Tournament.

Tony Butler, Barry Cross and Steve Gillies have been previously inducted into the El Dorado Hall of Fame.


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

United States