Steve Gahagan had an outstanding baseball career for El Dorado High School while also starring in basketball and football. Steve was named All-Ark Valley First Team shortstop in 1982 and First Team outfielder in 1983. He still ranks in the top 7 for El Dorado High School in eight categories of career hitting records that ate back to 1969. Those are doubles, walks, runs scored, hits, total bases, triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage. He is also 9th in career home runs. His .426 batting average as a senior in 1983 ranks 12th. Also, his 9 doubles in 1982 is 3rd all time for a single season.
His American Legion career was just as outstanding. He is the only player since at least 1960 to be a full-time player for Post 81 for four years at the Triple A level. He hit .323 as a 15 year old an never hit lower than that the rest of his career. Steve played for 3 Fifth District Champions and Post 81 was district runner-up to eventual State Champion Derby his final year. In 4 district tourneys, 2 state tourneys and a state play-in series between two district winners, Steve never hit below .500.
After his high school career, Steve continued his baseball career playing one year at Crowder Junior College before transferring to Washburn University. He started his college career as a centerfielder and hit .324 as a sophomore at Washburn, but injured his right shoulder. After taking a medical redshirt in 1986, he moved to leftfield in 1987. However, his shoulder never recovered and he finished his career in 1988 at first base. His senior season, he hit .350 with 9 home runs, a .643 slugging percentage and a .985 fielding percentage. That season, he had 50 base hits with only 19 strikeouts. The 9 home runs still rank 12th all-time and his slugging percentage is 16th.
Steve's career marks at Washburn include a .331 batting average, .622 slugging percentage, .447 on base average and 48 stolen bases in 58 attempts. He still ranks 4th in career slugging percentage, 6th in home runs and 9th in stolen bases.
- 1982 Ark Valley League 1st Team Shortstop
- 1983 Ark Valley League 1st Team Outfielder