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Jack Gordon and Seattle University

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 Gordon and Seattle University

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 52-53, 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!

  Chiefs Impressive In 67-36 Trouncing of Lewis & Clark

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!

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.

Here's Jack's view on "Johnny O" 3 years later

O'Brien and Gordon win Paul Bunyan Awards following '52-3 SU Chieftain Basketball Season (from the Seattle P-I)

Jack "Promoted" at Seattle U

The 1953-54 SU Chieftains Who won 26 Games in a Row

From Seattle Business, "O'Brien Winner of 1952 Paul Bunyan Plaque"

News coverage of Gordon departing SU

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)

1969 Progress photo/article on Seminary Basketball Game with a couple SU Players

Major (Major General) Pat Brady, SU Distinguished Alumnus, 1970

 

 

 

 

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