MERLIN POTTS, Leonardsville, Kansas
Player: Merlin Potts was born February 15, 1927, and grew to be the most prolific pitcher in Kansas history. He began pitching in the Kansas State Tournaments in 1946 and between the year 1964-1994, won 23 Kansas State titles, winning state championships in 4 different decades. A farmer by trade, he began representing Kansas at the World Tournaments in 1966. He qualified for 22 appearances in the Men's Championship Classes, achieving 342 wins and a career ringer average of 72.93%. Merlin had 4 top ten finishes a high average of 79.1% in 1976. Merlin and his son Roger became one of the few Father-son combinations in the Championship Class and accomplished the feat 4 times 1985-1988. He was the 1994 Senior Men's World Champion. His accomplishments are even more impressive when known that as a young fast pitch softball player, he was struck in the eye in a pre-game warm-up pitch and lost sight in his left eye.