Former MBA Board Member William “Mac” McGowan Of Gibbon Passes After 104 Years

Posted on April 26, 2012 by CJ Siewert


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William “Mac” McGowan (1908-2012)

Some people have spent years working in amateur baseball. “Mac” spent decades.

Bill started managing the Gibbon town baseball team in the Western Minnesota League in 1933. He managed the team until resigning the position in 1937. In 1942, he was named 4B Regional Commissioner, a position he held for almost 40 years.

In 1981, Bill was elected to the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Board of Directors, and served as First Vice President from 1987-1990, when he was elected to a three-year term as president.

Bill was elected to the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964, the second year of its existence. Bill served on the Hall of Fame selection committee for 15 years, retiring from the position in 1997.

“Mac” recently celebrated his 104th birthday on April 17.

Bill’s enthusiasm for the game has been passed on to a new generation of Gibbon baseball fans.

When the Gibbon City Council met to determine what to name the newly refurbished field, there was only one suggestion. “McGowan Field” was formally dedicated on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following, Gibbon took on the dreaded Stark Longhorns. “Mac” may not have personally known all the ballplayers that took the field that afternoon, but he can probably tell you what kind of ballplayer their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers were. There was food, drink, music, and fun for the kids. After the ball game, there were fireworks.

Bill will always be remembered for his contributions to our community.  Thank you, Mac.

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