Gordner to be Inducted into American Legion Sports Hall of Fame
The Pennsylvania American Legion Activities Committee met at Department Headquarters October 7, 2012 to begin preparations for the 2013 Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Program.
It was at that meeting that Gary Gordner, Muncy, was recommended for induction into the Pennsylvania American Legion Sports Hall of Fame because of his efforts to better the program and for devotion to the youths of his respective community and the state in general.
This prestigious honor will be bestowed upon Gordner at the Pennsylvania American Legion State Baseball Championship finals during the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in Boyertown on July 29.
Gordner’s list of activities and accomplishments include: played for Hughesville Little League age 8 through 12 years old; intermediate baseball in Hughesville age 14 and 15 years old; American Legion Baseball for American Legion Post 35 Hughesville from 1971-1973
Managed and played in the North Branch League for 17 years; Head Coach for East Lycoming Little League for 15 years; Head Coach and All Star Coach for the East Lycoming Junior Division baseball team; Head Coach for the East Lycoming Senior Division baseball team and All Star Coach two years.
Assisted in the construction of the East Lycoming Little League complex in which one field was dedicated in his name as “The Gordner Field”; served as board member for many years for East Lycoming little League.
In 1985 Gary was a volunteer pitching coach for the Hughesville High School baseball team during (their first season since the 1950’s program for Hughesville High School); assistant coach for Hughesville High School from 2000 to 2004.
Gordner is also an active member in the Sons of Hughesville American Legion Post 35 and restarted the Legion baseball team in 1997 and continued as head coach for the past 16 years; head coach of the Post 35 team of the West Branch representative in regional tournament in 1998 in Hazelton; head coach of the West Branch representative in the Commanders Cup Tournament in 2008
and 2009 in Scranton; head coach for Post 35 team in the Milton Muscular Dystrophy Tournament winning the tournament three years in a row 2009-2011; head coach of West Branch All Star Team 2011-2012; and served as the West Branch American Legion Baseball President for the past 6 years
Gordner has written recommendation letters for Post 35 baseball players to attend college and play in the college baseball programs. One of Gordner’s American Legion Post 35 players was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team.
Gary was given a Life Membership to the Sons of American Legion Post 35 in 2012 for the job and years of service for the baseball team.