Class of 1949
Inducted in 2005
Don was inducted into the Packer Sports Greats in 2005.
Don lettered in baseball four years, and basketball and football three years. He was named to the All City and All State Baseball teams his Junior and Senior years. Don also played Legion ball during high school and was one of the best ball players in the city and state at the time. During his Senior year, he was the leading hitter with the highest batting average in the Legion National Finals baseball tournament. In 1949 he played with Doc Blanchard (who later was a catcher for the NY Yankees) in Carroll, Iowa with the best semi-pro team in the country during that season.
In 1950 he played at Ponca City in the Oklahoma league and hit over .300 with 31 home runs to lead the league. He hit .325 in 1951 when he played at Pueblo in the Western League. Don attended Omaha University in 1952 and played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953 before they sold him to Calgary, Canada, where he played for the next two years. He was the starting second baseman at Sacramento in the Pacific Coast league in 1955. Early in the season he broke his elbow and was out the rest of the year. After that he played in Lewiston, Idaho and El Paso, Texas. Don ended his baseball career playing with the Amarillo Gold Sox in the Western League.