Dick Orndorff is the 4th member of the Orndorff family to be inducted into the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame since it's inception in 1998. His brother, Vernon was elected the first year and his father, Hubert and his uncle, Coe the following year.
Dick began his baseball career as a bat boy for the American Legion team. He an Vernon were seen many times at Lawrence Dumont Stadium fielding fly balls at ages 8 and 9. The PA announcer would tell the fans to watch the two El Dorado boys during warm-up.
Dick started playing Pee-Wee ball for Jim McDonald when he was 8 years old. While playing Topeka there were too many bases stolen so Dick was switched to catcher. The first runner took off and Dick threw him out by three feet. That stopped the stealing.
The Skelly All-Stars won the State Tournament with Dick catching and Vernon pitching. From 1951 to 1955, Dick played High School and American Legion baseball. The victory most remembered by the Legion team was the 3-2 win over the El Dorado Rockets, a young semi-pro team. Vernon pitched and Dick caught.
Dick was a four-year starter as a catcher in High School. He threw out 3 runners against East High School when he was a freshman. In 1953, Dick caught 14 innings in a game that El Dorado won 2-1 against Garden City in the State Tournament. His senior year, playing in the State Tournament, he caught 9 innings as El Dorado beat East and then on the same night pitched against Dodge City, striking out 15 batters and losing 2-1 in the semi-finals.
Dick played semi-pro ball 1955 to 1964. He was a starting catcher pitcher for Great Bend. Over the next few years he played semi-pro ball with Vickers, Royal Body, Wichita National Guard and the Boeing Bo-Jets. While playing in the National Semi-Pro Tourney, Dick threw out the tying run at 3rd base from his right field position for the final out if the semi final game. Boeing took 2nd place.
While playing for Fort Bragg, North Carolina 54th Army group, Dick pitched the championship game throwing a one-hitter and striking out 15 to give the 54th the Army Post Championship. Durnig the 1960 season his record was 8-1.
Dick was assistant coach to Ray Houser during the 1965 Legion season when they won the district tournament. He also managed the 1971 Towanda Pee-Wee team that took 2nd in the El Dorado league and won the city tournament. His 1973 Towanda Midget team won the city tournament.