Don Marrs was a three-sport letterman at Joplin High school in baseball, basketball and track. In 1959 he played center field on the state championship baseball team. His 12’1” pole-vaulting best stood for many years in the annual Springfield Relays. At the age of nineteen Marrs signed a professional contract with Charlie Finley and the Kansas City Athletics. In 1961 he was chosen minor league player of the year. After his baseball career, he turned to softball and developed into one of the most feared sluggers in the state. In 1972, at the National Fast Pitch Tournament in Dallas he was voted on the first team All American squad with .700 batting average. In 1986 Marrs was elected to the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame.