El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum - Oral W. <? echo $lname;?>

Hall of Fame Inductees

Oral W. 

Oral Taylor began his long baseball career in 1964 when he started umpiring junior and senior league games in the El Dorado City Recreation Program. In 1965,his workload increased as he umpired high school and some American Legion games. From 1966 to 1970, he umpired almost all of the El Dorado American Legion home games.

In 1971 Oral decided to coach the El Dorado American Legion team. After a winning season in 1971, his 1972 team won the 5th District Tournament and placed second in the state at Garden City.

Oral returned to umpiring for the next two years (1973-74). In 1975 he teamed with Brad Long to coach the El Dorado legion. He took over as coach of the team in 1976 and his 1977 team won the 5th District Tournament and played in the State Tournament.

Oral returned to umpiring in 1978 and continued for 17 years.

Oral Taylor became the first coach for Butler County Community College when they initiated their baseball program in 1978. He also coached during the 1979 season.

His umpiring accomplishments:

  • Umpired for college teams: Emporia State, Kansas State, Wichita State and Oklahoma State
  • Umpired every Kansas Junior College sub-regional tournament from 1980-1994
  • Worked 15 state high school baseball tournament
  • Ten years of umpiring semi-pro games and National Baseball Congress Tournament games
  • First Kansas umpire to work a Missouri Valley Baseball Tournament
  • From 1978-1995 umpired State American Legion Tournament
  • Umpired three National Regional American Legion Tournaments and was the first Kansas umpire to work the National American Legion Tournament which was held in Fargo, North Dakota in 1983.


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