BASEBALL HISTORY: 15 more don green and gold
YESTERDAY we started a series looking back at Far North Coast baseball players who represented Australia in their sport.
We started with Barry Wappett in 1956 and made it through to Ray Buckley in 1967.
The series continues with 15 legends across nine occasions.
9. Michael Gahan
Gahan was the first of many Gahan's who made Australian selection. He made the Australian Under 16 team in 1969.
10. Adrian Meagher Jnr, Doug Flick, Peter Gahan
1971 saw three further juniors don the green and gold uniform when Adrian Meagher Jnr and Doug Flick were chosen in the Australian Under 13 team and Peter Gahan took to the field in the Under 15 team.
Both Adrian and Peter went on to have outstanding senior baseball careers at both state and national level.
Besides his junior representation Adrian gained Australian selection in the senior ranks in 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, and 2000. He played at third base but many of his greatest achievements were on the pitching mound. He also played professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organisation. Adrian made over 50 appearances for Australia. Adrian was inducted into the Queensland Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Gahan also was an outstanding FNC baseballer, gaining selection for Australia in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. He was a utility player capable of fielding at catcher, third base, second base, outfield and pitcher. Peter saw 45 appearances in the green and gold uniform and is the only FNC player to have his number, 17, retired. Peter was also an inductee in the Queensland Hall of Fame
11. Chris Gahan
Peter Gahan's cousin, Chris Gahan, made his Australian debut in 1979 when he made the Under 18 team which toured the USA. After numerous Queensland selections Chris reached the pinnacle with Australian selection. He was an outstanding third baseman and pitcher.
12. Chris Gahan, David Youngberry, Steven Devlin
In 1980 Chris Gahan, David Youngberry and Steven Devlin were selected for Australia to tour America. Both Gahan and Devlin made selection as pitchers while Youngberry took the field as a catcher.
13. Paul Milgate
Youngberry repeated his selection in 1981 along with Paul Milgate and Steven Devlin. All gained national selection in the Australian Under 18 team which toured the USA. Both Milgate and Devlin were talented pitchers but both were capable of playing in a number of other positions.
Youngberry made further Australian appearances in 1985 for the senior team making nine appearances predominately as a catcher and designated hitter. He also played college baseball in the United Sates for Georgia Southern University under the leadership of famed coach Jack Stallings. David was selected as catcher in the World All Star team. He was recently inducted into the Queensland Hall of Fame.
14. Steve Devlin, Allan Worgan
1982 saw Steve Devlin and Allan Worgan tour the United States after gaining selection in the Australian Under 19 team. Worgan was an outstanding pitcher and regularly dominated teams in the FNC competition. He also made numerous Queensland selections before his Australian inclusion.
15. Pat Youngberry
Youngberry continued the steady stream of FNC junior baseballers wearing the Australian uniform. In 1983 he gained his selection after a great performance at the National Tournament. He was selected as a third baseman and he went on to compete at the World Under 19 championships held in Ohio. He also had a short stint in Sweden playing baseball.
16. Peter Buttrum, Sonny Roberson
Buttrum and Roberson emulated the performance of many previous junior baseballers when they turned out for the Australian Under 19 team to tour the USA in 1986. Roberson was a quality pitcher from an early age and showed much dominance in the local competition.
Buttrum, who was also a talented cricketer, tried his hand at baseball and, in a few short years, gained his Australian selection. He had an exceptional batting eye and played most of his career at shortstop. He has been the only FNC baseballer to captain an Australian team.
17. Micheal Nind
Nind become FNC Baseball's second Olympian when, in 1988, his Australian selection saw him compete at the Seoul Olympics as an outfielder. He also had exceptional power as a hitter. This selection followed on his Australian representation in 1986 and 1987. In 1987 he was named the Australian Junior Baseball Player of the Year.