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Raymond "Hap" Dumont
  • Founder of the National Baseball Congress Tournament
  • One of the most famous baseball promoters and innovators
  • Lawrence-Dumont Stadium named after him
Dumont, Raymond "Hap"
Inducted 1975

Graduated: Wichita High School, 1923

Overview

Raymond “Hap” Dumont is known throughout the country as the founder of the National Baseball Congress organization in 1935 and is considered one of the greatest promoters and innovators in baseball history. The NBC National Tournament was started by Dumont in '35 and continues to bring in semi-pro teams to Wichita from all over the country for a 2 1/2-week tournament in August.

Career Highlights

Dumont got his beginning organizing baseball tournaments when he started the first Kansas state tournament in 1931. Described as a "baseball's man in motion," Dumont's contributions and innovations to the game are many, including the pneumatic home plate duster, a timer limiting pitchers 20 seconds between pitches, 5 a.m. games for late-shift aircraft workers, microphones on umpires, and women umpires. Hap Dumont youth tournaments are also held each year at the regional, state and national level. Dumont was a sports writer for the Wichita Eagle-Beacon and sports editor for the Hutchinson News. He was also instrumental in building Lawrence Stadium in Wichita, which was renamed Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in 1978.

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