Hall of Fame Inductees

Ray Houser

Ray Houser was elected to the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame because he was the only El Dorado American Legion coach to win a State Legion Championship since 1926. His 1966 team won the district tournament in El Dorado, the state tournament in Chanute and placed third in the National Regional tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ray had 15 players on his squad when the season started. For various reasons, the team was reduced to 11 by the district tournament. After district, his first baseman and cleanup hitter left the team to go on vacation in Europe with his family. With only 10 players left, Ray moved his left fielder to first base, a position he had never played before, and proceeded to march through the state and national tourneys.

Houser was an El Dorado native having played high school and legion baseball. His 1952 high school team played 2nd in the state tournament. He also played for a location semi-pro team called the Rockets.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he graduated from WSU and started his teaching and coaching career in Lamar, Colorado in 1962. In 1963, Ray returned to El Dorado to teach and become assistant football and wrestling coach. In 1965, his wrestling team took 2nd in the state tournament. He was asked to take over the El Dorado American Legion baseball team in 1965. That team won the district championship in Augusta and played in the state tournament in Salina. They lost the first two games and were eliminated.

Upon returning from Bismarck, Ray and his wife, Donna an two daughters moved to Iola, Kansas. Ray has accepted the high school football head coaching job, a position he held for nine years. He then moved to junior high (later, Middle School) where he server as a coach. Ray was involved in football, girls' basketball and golf. His freshman girls' basketball team reeled off thirty-two consecutive wins. Ray retired after thirty-one years of teaching in Iola. He and his wife still live there.


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