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Photo Credit: Forde Photographers, Seattle
SU Golf Champion Pat Lesser (Harbottle) in January 1955 after she was named the Seattle P-I Sports "Man of the Year" receiving congrats from Sports Chief Jack Gordon, Fr. Lemieux, 1952 winner Johnny and Eddie O'Brien.
Jack started working in SU's Athletic Department in 1947 which was not just the year they joined the NCAA and moved into Division I, but the last year of Seattle College and the first year of Seattle University. He managed sports publicity running the "Athletic News Service" for the University for the next 10 years and announced the Chieftains' home basketball games into the late 60's.
Whether it was the O'Brien brothers, beating the Harlem Globetrotters in 1952, the 26-and-2 Chieftain basketball team of 1953-54, SU golf's Pat Lesser Harbottle in 1953-5, the NCAA and NIT play-offs, Elgin Baylor, and on and on. . . If you read about it in the newspaper or heard about it on radio or TV, it's because Jack Gordon told them to tell you.
Jack was presented the Alumni Athletic-Hall-of-Fame Award in 1968. A year later, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1969 and inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame for the 1958 NCAA Championship Game team in 2008 and individually in 2011.
Meet your 1949-50 Seattle University Chieftains!
Here's what Athletic News Service Director Jack "Flash" Gordon was looking for with your 1950-1951 Seattle University Chieftains' Basketball team (From the Press Book)
Jack introduces "Ed and John" O'Brien to the world in the pages of the 1950 SU Basketball Press Book
It's Your 1951-52 Seattle University Chieftains!
Jack's Prospectus on the 1951-52 SU Chieftains from the Press Book
O'Brien Becomes First Far Westerner to Win Nat'l Scoring Title following '51-2 Season
Read "Most" of the story on Seattle U's victory over the Harlem Globetrotters in January, 1952.
O'Brien and Gordon win Paul Bunyan Awards following '52-3 SU Chieftain Basketball Season (from the Seattle P-I)
Sportswriters & Sportscasters honor Fr. Lemieux on retirement in 1965 (Catholic NW Progress)
SU Alumni pay tribute to Gordon (Introductory page and lots of press coverage)
Major (Major General) Pat Brady, SU Distinguished Alumnus, 1970
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