Hall of Fame Inductees


Before going on to be a successful pitcher for William Jewel College, Wes Blanton was a leader on two El Dorado teams that played for state championships. Wes played for the 1968 Elks State Champions and for the 1972 Post 81 Team that was State runner-up. In the 1972 State Tournament, Blanton hit .467 and was one hit short of winning the tourney-batting crown. In his legion career, Wes posted ERA's of 2.37, 2.14 and 1.00. In 1971, he hurled threes shutouts, struck out 65 while walking only 14 an had a string of 30 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

Wes is still listed among the leaders for El Dorado High School in several pitching categories. Some of these are: second in career wins 11, second in career winning percentage at .786 (11-3) and sixth in strikeouts with 91. In 1970, he came within two batters of a perfect game against Kapaun, giving up only a single in the fifth and another man reached on an error. In 1971, Wes threw a one hit shutout against Circle and beat eventual State Champion Kapaun on a four-hitter.

At William Jewel, Wes posted a career record of 12-5. Wes continues to contribute to William Jewel as a founder an first President of the Cardinal Club Athletic Booster Organization. Wes lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife Debbie, and three children, Brooke, Ben and Brett.


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