John Wallace graduated from Circle High School in 1972 and is the first non-El Dorado player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a member of an El Dorado American Legion Post 81 team. In high school, John lettered in cross country, football, basketball and baseball for three years each and was named to All Chisholm Trail League first teams in both basketball and baseball.
For Post 81, John pitched, played outfield and first base. His career record as a pitcher was 15-5 with an ERA of 1.34 and 2 saves. In 1972, his record was 7-2 with 1 save while striking out 81 and walking 28. In 1973, John was 8-3 with 1 save and pitched 10 complete games including 2 shutouts.
At the plate in 1972, he hit .308 with a .545 On Base Percentage, 3 Doubles and 2 Home Runs. In 1973, through the fifth district tournament, he batted .354 with 10 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run. In 1973, he led the team in doubles, RBI's and total bases and was second in base hits and stolen bases. As a pitcher, he fanned 11 batters in two different games.
Both years Post 81 was Fifth District Champion and State Runner-up. In 1972, he was vote to the All District Tournament Team and hit a game winning home run against Wichita. In 1973, Wallace was voted by his teammates as team MVP and chosen for the West squad for the East-West All-Star Series in Lincoln, KS, where he continued to hit well.
Following his American Legion career, John turned down a contract offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates and attended Emporia State University where he played one semester. John is married to the former Tami Williams and has worked at Frontier Refinery since 1976.