Ben Dalton was one of the most dominating pitchers in El Dorado American Legion History. From 1948 through 1950, he posted a record of 23-5. His records were 1-1 in 1948, 10-2 in 1949, and 12-2 in 1950. In 1949, Dalton threw 99 2/3 innings allowing only 40 runs on 69 hits. He struck out 144 while walking only 39. He also posted shutouts over McPherson, Wichita Colored American Legion, Newton and Arkansas City.
In his final season, Dalton hurled 114 innings and only allowed 21 runs on 63 hits. He fanned 148 and walked only 28. Dalton notched two more shutouts over Mulvane and Lawrence. Following the season, he was named to the American Legion All-Star team.
Dalton also pitched for the El Dorado High School team, graduating in 1951. His senior season, he was the winning pitcher for EHS in the State Tournament against Kansas City Wyandotte and hurled a no-hitter during the regular season. In addition to his three letters in baseball in high school, Dalton also lettered for three years in basketball as a forward and three years in football as a center. His senior year, he was named First Team All-Ark Valley in football.
Following his senior season in baseball, Dalton went to Great Bend to play Ban Johnson baseball. His first season for Great Bend, he posted a record of 8-2 and next year he was 9-1.
Dalton went on to the University of Kansas where he was a starting pitcher an a letter winner all four years. He also played center for the Jayhawk freshman football team.
Dalton's baseball career also included playing for the El Dorado Rockets semi-pro team in 1953 and stints with teams in Tomball, Texas and Houston, Texas. Dalton currently resides in Conroe, Texas with his wife Jane.