Hall of Fame Inductees

Hubert "Hugh" Cliff Orndorff

Hubert (Hugh) Clifford Orndorff played Junior League Baseball for three years. The dates are unknown but he did play for the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary and the Elks. In 1930, at the age of 17, Hugh played on the El Dorado Merchants pitching against the Kansas City Monarchs where he struck out sixteen batters. It was at this time that he was being scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals. The next year, Hugh pitched pro ball with Wichita of the Western Association with a record of 15 wins and 4 losses. In the last game of the season he hurt his arm, as Hugh said, he threw too many curve balls. For the next 3 years, one would find Hugh playing Ban Johnson Ball where he pitched an hit cleanup for the Oil Hill Cities Service Colts under Ralph Kennedy. In 1935, at the age of 22, Hugh tried out for the well-known Skelly Oilers. He began not only playing ball, but was employed at Skelly Refinery on Connie Blaine's yard gang making $0.35/hr. He pitched, played first and second base and hit cleanup.

In 1937 he was named to the All-State Semi-Pro Baseball team which consisted of 16 players. This certificate was certified as a part of the Semi-Pro National Baseball Congress and is signed by G. Honus Wagner.

In 1940 Hugh was named as an All-American on the All-American Semi-Pro team which consisted of 16 players in the National Tournament at Wichita, Kansas. This selection was approved by the All-American board affiliated with Semi-Pro National Baseball Congress and signed by Raymond Dumont. In 1942, he was again selected to the All-State Semi-Pro Baseball team affiliated with the Semi-Pro National Baseball Congress and signed by Raymond Dumont.

In 1947, he was named to the All-District Semi-Pro Baseball Team and then in 1948, he was selected as an All-District Player in the District Semi-Pro Tournament that was played in El Dorado, Kansas. Selected as an All-State Player in 1949 as part of the All-State Semi-Pro team, Hugh won the batting title with a .421 average.

After his career ended, he found himself following the baseball careers of his sons. He has helped various players either with pitching or hitting tips. Of course, in his later years, he could be seen at the softball fields watching his daughters. The West softball diamond is named "Orndorff Field". Hubert and his wife Mildred have supported many baseball and softball organizations in El Dorado.


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.


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

United States