Inductee — Don Dunker

dondunkerDon Dunker

Class of 1984

Birthplace: Nobelsville, IN

Coach

Biography:

In 1941 while playing at I.U. he was baseball captain and the winner of the Balfour Award. In addition he was the MVP of the Big Ten. While in the military service he was a member of the 1942 All-Service Team which had the opportunity to play the American League All-Stars who were the winners of the 42 All-Star game. A war injury hampered his baseball talents, but he managed to playa professionally from 1945-53 at various levels with the top being a part of the Chicago Cubs. He was a professional scout for twenty years for the Reds, Royals, Dodgers and the Mets.

For forty years Don coached high school and amateur baseball winning five sectionals at the high school level. Over the summer he was just as successful, maybe even more so. In 1972 coached Babe Ruth Champions and in 77 was National Baseball Association State Champs. The 80s were good to Don as he coached three Connie Mack State Champs, 1981,82 and 87 plus the Palomino State Championship in 83, and Stan Musial State Championships in 1988 and 1991. In 1991 and 1992 he coached the Continental Amateur World Series Runners-up.

In 1999, at 81, Don has had hip and knee replacements which set him back a little, but he still hopes to be on the diamond in the summer of 2000 coaching a few more victories.

Don was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.