Gordon, Brian (2002)
A keen, spirited infield-plate-base-running presence at every baseball level shy of professional through Maine, New England and into Canada, Brian Gordon made an indelible impression on friend and foe alike.
The award-laden Gordon escutcheon’s initial entry was an all-star selection in the Mattanawcook Little League, closely followed by a similar honor at Eliot after a family move to the southern tip of the state.
Next stage came Gordon’s .511 batting average for Eliot High School’s unbeaten 1959 Southern York League champions.
The Gordon leadership mode continued at Gorham State Teacher’s College, forerunner to USM.
Gordon captained the 1963 Hilltoppers and paced the club with a .375 BA.
Basically a third baseman with occasional cross-diamond duty at first base, Gordon’s move to the Greater Portland area resumed semi-pro play that had started in Mattanawcook where he batted over .500 in each of five seasons.
Gordon was the 1957 Portland Twilight League batting champion for the Ametek entry with a .375 mark.
A solid basketballer along the way as well, Gordon coached Lincoln Junior High’s hoopsters plus baseball leading to the Deering High court post.
Baseball was always No. 1 in Gordon’s heart, however.
Brian in 11 years at Lincoln Junior guided the Lion Nines to a 61-21 record and three intown League titles.
He was also the Deering athletic director for 12 years.
Awards that Gordon earned include, a citation for the Maine Principals Association Baseball Committee and the Dick Costello Award from USM for career achievement in 2001.