Russell Gilmore (1931-2007)
Russell Eugene Gilmore was a 1949 SSHS graduate who lettered four years in basketball and baseball. From Sweet Springs, Russell went on to Missouri Valley College where he was known on the basketball court for his one-hand push shots and was often described as a “Set Shooter De Luxe” by the local media. He averaged over double figures in scoring and was one of the leading scorers on the team, directing the Vikings to a conference championship his senior year. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Education in 1953, Russell signed a professional baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and played five seasons of pro baseball in the minor leagues with the Dodgers. Russell then entered the teaching profession in the Sedalia Elementary system in the fall of 1953 and taught two years at this level. The third year he moved to Smith-Cotton to teach Social Studies and became the head baseball coach leading his teams to third and fourth place finishes in the state. Russell was a basketball official for more than twenty years officiating many regional state tournaments, the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas and the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. Russell was elected to the Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame in 1996 and his SSHS basketball jersey was retired in 1997.