Gordon Brunswick

Gordon Brunswick was a three-sport star for the Washington State Cougars who went on to a five-year career playing minor league baseball. Born Jan. 12, 1925, in Tacoma, the 6-foot-2-inch Brunswick graduated from Lincoln and headed to WSU in 1946 after serving three years in the Navy during World War II.

Brunswick earned a total of six letters with the Cougars, one in basketball under head coach Jack Friel (1949-50), two in football for coach Phil Sarboe (1947-48) and three in baseball playing for coach Buck Bailey (1948-50). On the baseball diamond, the right-handed hitter earned all-conference honors as a first baseman in 1948 and again as an outfielder in 1950.

In his three seasons playing baseball at WSU he hit .329 in 41 conference games, including a career-best .462 in 11 league games as a sophomore. During his senior season, the Cougars finished first in the PCC Northern Division with a 12-2 league mark and swept Stanford to advance to the first College World Series held at Omaha, Neb. They advanced all the way to the championship game, falling to Texas to finish as national runner-up with a 32-6 overall record.

Following the 1950 season, Brunswick turned pro and spent five seasons playing in the minor leagues. He batted .341 with 11 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 59 games with Klamath Falls in the Far West League during his first season in 1950, and a couple years later batted .291 with 12 home runs and 90 runs batted in for Vancouver in the Western International League. He appeared in 22 games with AAA Seattle in 1951-52 and closed out his professional career in 1954 with stints at San Francisco, Modesto and Kennewick in the New York Yankees system.

In 1971, Brunswick was selected for membership in the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame. He was the founder, owner and president of Brunswick and Associates, a commercial advertising firm in Tacoma. He and his wife, Evula, had three children. Brunswick passed away on Jan. 6, 1988.