Hall of Fame Inductees

William P. Bolin

Like most El Dorado boys, Bill Bolin started his baseball career playing in the Pee Wee league in the City of El Dorado recreation program. He was a catcher, a position that he would play his entire career. His coach was Ray Farrar. He was selected for the Skelly All-Star team. His coaches were Rupert Hartshorn and Scoop Hartnett. Bill was the catcher on the El Dorado High School team coached by Jim McDonald in 1950, 1951, and 1952. He caught for the El Dorado American Legion team during the summers of 1950 and 1951, coached by Coe Orndorff. He was selected to the Western Kansas American Legion All-Star Team in 1951.

In 1952 and 1953, Bill played Ban Johnson baseball in Garden City, Kansas. In 1954, he started his semi-pro baseball career playing for the Boeing Bo-Jets in Wichita, coached by Karl Kentling.

In 1954, Bill signed a professional contract with Cincinnati and finished the year playing for their minor league team in Duluth, Minnesota. He went to spring training the following year but was released. He returned to El Dorado and finished the season playing for the Bo-Jets.

From 1956 through 1958, Bolin caught for the Vickers Refinery team from Potwin, Kansas coached by Jack Wallace. In the 1958 Kansas State Semi-Pro Tournament played in Wichita, Bill was named All-Kansas catcher and led all hitters in the tourney with a .481 batting average.

Bill entered the U.S. Army and caught for the Brooke Army Medical Center team in 1959 and 1960 while has was stationed at Fort San Houston in San Antonio, Texas. As they were preparing to play in the 1960 Fourth Army baseball tournament, Bolin was leading the team after 68 games with 16 doubles, 10 triples, 61 RBI's and a .343 batting average.

Bolin left the Army in 1961, returning to play his last year of organized baseball with the Rapid Transit Bus Company semi-pro team from Wichita. After graduating from El Dorado Junior College, 1958, and Wichita State University, 1965, Bill received his law degree from Washburn University in 1971. Bill Bolin was a lawyer in Garden City, Kansas from 1972 until his retirement in 1996.

In the mid-70's, Bill coached an American Legion team in Garden City. His 1977 team won the league title, the Oklahoma/Kansas league and finished 26-6.


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