Far North Coast Baseball stalwarts Bob McClelland and Paul Gahan.
Far North Coast Baseball stalwarts Bob McClelland and Paul Gahan. Marc Stapelberg

Cricketer raises top baseballers

ANOTHER part of the very talented Gahan family was led by Herb Gahan.

Herb was an exceptional cricketer and a life member of Marist Brothers Cricket Club.

He didn't play baseball but was a great supporter of his sons and was the Brothers Major League scorer for many years, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Herb's first son, Maurice, was a dominate pitcher in the Far North Coast major league competition in the 1970s and 1980s and was part of the Brothers dynasty that dominated the competition for many years.

Maurice represented Queensland in 1966 (under 15s) and 1968 (under 18s), while in 1969 and 1970 he was part of the Queensland Claxton Shield team.

He took out the Huckleberry medal in the FNC competition in 1969 and was awarded life membership to Marist Brothers Baseball Club for all the off-field work he undertook, in particular 20 years as president of the club.

His brother Paul was also a great pitcher and a solid batter.

He represented FNC from 1971 through to 1981. In 1976, he was selected for the New South Wales Public Service team and after a standout performance he gained selection in the Australian Public Service Team.

Paul's girls, Melissa and Kristy, both kept up the tradition on the diamond and represented FNC in softball.

Another of Herb's sons, Tom, did not pursue baseball. He played a short time in the softball ranks but his talents and passion for music far outweighed his commitment to baseball.

The youngest of Herb's sons was Chris, who achieved numerous accolades during his baseball career. He was a very talented pitcher and third baseman.

Chris's representative duties began in 1973 after being selected in the Queensland Under 13 team.

His Queensland representative duties continued through to 1980, having made every Queensland state team.

Chris took out the MVP in the FNC competition in every age group. This has only been achieved a few times in FNC Baseball's 80-year history.

He gained Australian team selection in 1979 and 1980 and toured the US.

After his junior representative stint, Chris furthered his baseball career with his inclusion in the Queensland Claxton Shield team from 1981 to 1983.

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