Tony Butler has been considered by his coaches and his peers as one of the top second basemen ever to play for the El Dorado American Legion and El Dorado High School baseball teams.
Tony started playing his baseball career in 1963 playing in the Pee Wee league in the City of El Dorado recreational program. He advanced through the Midget and Junior Leagues as he got older. When he first started playing he played several infield positions but finally decided that second base was his best position.
He was selected to be a member of the Butler County All-Star team when he was ten years old an then was chosen for the Elks All-Star team when he was 13 years of age an then again the following year.
Tony was the starting second baseman for the El Dorado High School from 1972-1974. During those three years he accomplished a remarkable feat-striking out only three times each year to lead the Ark Valley League in that category. In 1974, he was the team co-captain and had a batting average of .471.
From 1973 to 1975, Tony was the second baseman on the American Legion team. El Dorado finished in second place in the state tournament in 1973. He was selected to the American Legion West All-Star team in 1975. This team played a three game series with American Legion East All-Stars. Tony's batting average that summer was .376.
Butler started his college baseball career at Kansas Wesleyan University where he was converted to a third baseman and was selected first team All-Conference KCAC. He finished his college playing days at Marymount University where his batting average was never below .300.
Tony played two years of semi-pro baseball for Bower Homes and played in the NBC State tournament.
Tony Butler was known for his aggressive play, defensive abilities, on-base average, base stealing and being a fine competitor.
Tony lives in El Dorado with his wife, Gina. He has a daughter Amber and son, Ty. He keeps active these days by competing in marathons and biathlons.