Year Inducted – 1986
From his youth days in the Old South Akron League through the tough Class AA action, Eldon did the job for the teams he played for and helped them win many championships. A 6’3″, 180-pounder who was an outstanding outfielder as well as a clutch hitter. Eldon’s first title team was in 1936 with the Akron Yankee Juniors squad and he followed that achievement by helping South High win the City title in 1937. After a couple of years with Mansfield in the Ohio State League, the Ravenna VFW, and a stint in the Army, Eldon returned to championship action with Seiberling Tire, Goodrich Local #5, and the 1945 National NABF champion Akron Orphans. Eldon then closed out his playing days with the champion Borden Auto and Smith Sheriffs teams. Following his playing days, Eldon managed Red Pepper and Clark Excavating teams and then stayed close to the action as an umpire for 15 years. A consistent .300-plus hitter, Eldon was named to four All-Star teams.