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Don Walker
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1999 Individual Award Winner


 

A multi-talented athlete, Walker was captain of baseball, football, and wrestling teams at Centralia High School.  

While Captain of the football team, his Senior year the team finished 5-3-1 (1972).  

In wrestling, he captained the 1973 team and finished the regular season undefeated. He took third place at the Sectional, closing out a 27-1 season. Walker was named Southern Illinois Wrestler of the Year by the Southern Illinois Coach’s Association. His career wrestling record was 63-10.

As a four year starter in baseball at CHS, he played outfield, first base, and pitched. As Captain his Senior year (1973), Walker took the John Abrams Memorial Award for the highest batting average of .485. He also had an ERA of 1.35 and pitched a no hitter. He was named All-South Seven Conference as a pitcher and first baseman, and was selected “Southern Illinois Baseball Player of the Year” by the Evansville Courier and Press. 

Walker holds the single season record for doubles at 10. He also is tied with two other pitchers for the most strike outs in a seven inning game with 18. His career batting average at CHS is .353. The 1973 CHS Athlete of the Year, was drafted by the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals as an outfielder in the 21st round. 

Instead of signing with the Cardinals, Walker accepted a baseball scholarship to Murray State University. He was the starting first baseman for MSU in 1975, 1976 and 1977. In 1975, he ranked seventh in the nation in RBIs with 53 which also set a new MSU record. The team was a MSU best ever 40-9. He is second on the MSU career RBI list at 129, and his career batting average at MSU was .296.  

Walker came back to CHS as Head Baseball Coach in 1981


 

 

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