Leonard Doss was the kind of athlete that was willing to practice long and hard until the skill he was honing put him at the top of his game. His ability as an athlete showed up as en eight year old, when he pitched his first perfect game in the Little league Farm Club baseball. It was just the beginning of a love affair for competition. As with most young athletes, there is someone along the way that helps develop the confidence to be able to achieve great things and for the Doss that was Harold Thompson. Doss met Coach Thompson while participating in sports as a young boy. He always remembered that Coach Thompson continually gave him the positive reinforcement that helped motivate him as he became the Joplin Junior City Champion in both golf and tennis at the age of fourteen. When Doss reached Joplin High School he lettered three years in golf for coaches Floyd Belk and Russ Kaminksy. One of his proudest moments in competition was winning the Missouri State ROTC Best Drilled Cadet competition in 1962 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
After high school Doss decided he wanted to become a pitcher in softball. He started pitching in the local Christian Church League at the old Fountain Road Softball Field. His first year of fast pitching was less than spectacular, as he won only three games. Undeterred by the lack of success, Doss practiced daily on developing his pitching repertoire. By the next season his record was a complete reversal, as he won all but three games.
New of this up and coming young fireball pitcher spread around the city, and Doss was approached by Mr. Softball, Gene Bassman, to join the ASA Open League at Ewert Park the next season.
That was the beginning of a long and illustrious career for Doss which spanned over 15 years of being one of the top pitchers in the four state region. His teams qualified for the Missouri State Men’s Fastpitch Tournament (MSMFT) in consecutive years from 1964 through 1979. IN 1971, Doss pitched nine consecutive shutouts and won 20 games in a row. He also batted .308 that season. At the 1979 MSMFT he pithced nine games in three days - - three on Friday, five on Saturday, and one on Sunday ending with a 2-1 loss to a strong Jefferson City team.
Another fond memory for Doss was defeating Eddie Feigner with the King and His Court barnstorming softball team. Doss pitched the last three innings to notch the win in a 7 to 6 game. He allowed no hits and no runs while striking our all of the opposing team except for Feigner.
His tremendous pitching feats included numerous perfect games, no-hitters and shut outs. Tom Murray of the Joplin Globe, penned a headline giving the star pitcher the nickname of “Ho-Hum”. The headline read “Ho-Hum… Doss Pitches Another No-Hitter.” Leonard Doss was one of the most feared and respected fast pitch, softball pitches to ever play in this region.