Hall of Fame Inductees

Donald Gene Prigmore

Don Prigmore grew up in the Haverhill area watching his father play for and against various oil field baseball teams of that era. He gained baseball experience by being the bat boy on those teams and playing baseball at every opportunity with the other boys. In 1945, Don was asked to play for the Augusta Yankees by Charlie Dunn. This was a select group of 12 and 13 year olds. He played shortstop for them for two years. Don's next baseball experience was playing in the junior league of El Dorado's Recreational program with the Knights of Columbus team. He made the Skelly All-Star team as a shortstop and helped them have an undefeated season.

Don, a sophomore in 1948, reported for the El Dorado High School baseball team and made the team as a shortstop. He played in every game. That summer he played shortstop for the El Dorado American Legion Junior team (ALMACS) coached by Coe Orndorff. He batted in the lead-off position and this team won the District Tournament and finished sixth in the State American Legion Tournament in Neodesha. Prigmore was once again the shortstop and lead-off batter for the 1949 high school team. When summer arrived, Don was chosen by his teammates to be the team captain of the ALMACS. The team reeled off 10 straight victories before losing to Salina. Don sustained a leg injury at Hutchinson and then had rheumatic fever, which sidelined him for the rest of they year. This was the second bout with the fever, having been bedridden at the age of 11. A benefit game was played to help the family with medical expenses and show how much the community appreciated Don's contribution to the Legion Program.

Unable to play football and basketball his senior year in high school because of his illness, Don did play baseball and was voted captain of the team. That summer he played Ban Johnson baseball in Great Bend. Don turned down an opportunity to play Ban Johnson baseball in Great Bend. Don turned down an opportunity to play in the New York Yankee farm system because he had received a 4-year scholarship to Kansas State. The spring of 1951 was the start of four years of varsity play with Kansas State and another summer in Great Bend. In 1952, Don played shortstop for the El Dorado Rockets, a semi-pro team made up primarily of former legion players. They had a 19-game win season before most of the players returned to college. 1953 found Don with the Rockets once again. This time, they played in the Kansas Semi-Pro tournament. They were eliminated in the fourth round finishing the season 21-7. Don led the team in batting, total hits, triples, stolen bases and total bases. Don couldn't finish his senior year at Kansas State because of reoccurring illness did play with the Rockets in 1954. They were eliminated from the State Tournament in three games.

Don Prigmore graduated with honors in Civil Engineering from Kansas State an received a Masters Degree in Industrial Management from Michigan University. He joined GTE and climbed the corporate ladder to become president of GTE-Michigan, president of GTE-Southeast and president of Spring Communications before retiring.

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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