Hall of Fame Inductees

Coe Orndorff

Coe Orndorff was the manager of the El Dorado American Legion baseball team from 1949 through 1953, the longest tenure of any El Dorado Legion Coach. His 1949 team, called the Almacs, won 20 games and lost only 4 and finished 6th in the state tournament. This is the best season winning percentage of any El Dorado American Legion team.

Coe was the secretary on the committee that was responsible for building the present baseball stadium.

Coe also coached some youth teams, usually made up boys that didn't get to play much on other teams. He said, "Just to keep them off the streets and give them something to do."

Coe entered El Dorado High School in 1931. He was the 2nd baseman on the high school team from 1931 to 1933, he was unable to attend high school in 1934 because he had to work to help out the family income. He returned in 1935 and became captain and unofficial coach of the high school team, as there were no qualified teachers to coach them. He was the team's catcher that year.

In 1932, Coe was the check-boy on the high school football team. Because of injuries to key players he was pressed into service as the quarterback, a position he played in 1933 and 1935. He also lettered in basketball in 1933 an 1935.

In 1947, Coe started officiating football and basketball games. He retired in 1966 after officiating nine straight state high school basketball tournaments. During one year he officiated 98 high school, junior college and four-year college basketball games. In 1966, he was rated the #1 basketball official in the state of Kansas, topping 2,300 other Kansas officials.

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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