SPOT THE GAHANS: The 1978 photo is of Brothers Minor and Major team. The teams is, left to right, back row: Danny Gahan, Paul Gahan. Middle row: Ray Buckley, Maurice Gahan, Barry Magnay, Joe Shearman. Front row: Peter Gahan, Kevin O'Neil, Sergio Sonego.
SPOT THE GAHANS: The 1978 photo is of Brothers Minor and Major team. The teams is, left to right, back row: Danny Gahan, Paul Gahan. Middle row: Ray Buckley, Maurice Gahan, Barry Magnay, Joe Shearman. Front row: Peter Gahan, Kevin O'Neil, Sergio Sonego. Contributed

Baseball dynasty produces some diamonds

ALL SPORTS have families who excel in their chosen field. In baseball there is no going past the Gahans. The family has produced more FNC, Queensland, Australian and international representatives than any other family in FNC baseballs eighty year history.

The Gahans' first baseball appearance was in the 1960s and still to this day they have family members who are still prominent in the game.

The family have always been part of the Marist Brothers baseball Club who have dominated the sport in some outstanding baseball performances, especially in the 1970s and 1980s

Michael Gahan Snr was the first member of the family who took up the sport suiting up for Marist Brothers in the 1960s

Michael Jnr became the first member to have representative duties bestowed upon the family when in 1969 he represented Queensland and Australia in the Under 15s team. In that series he was voted the MVP. In the same year he took out the Under 15 FNC MVP and followed in 1971 and 1975 grabbing the FNC Huckleberry Medal (MVP Major League).He represented NSW in 1978 in the Claxton shield series held in Brisbane.

Danny followed in Michael's footsteps showing much promise, representing Queensland from 1972 through to 1974, in the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups. He was described as one the most promising catchers that FNC had produced in the late 70s

Terry continued the family's tradition with his selection in the 1984 Country Series in Canberra and in the following year he represented Queensland in the Country Series in Hobart and was named in the All Australian Country Team.

The most prominent baseballer in Michael's family was, without a doubt, Peter, who still makes baseball a big part of his life, working for the Australian Baseball Federation.

Peter's representative career is long and distinguished, beginning in 1967 when selected in the FNC Under 14 team. From here he did not look back gaining FNC selection in every year after that in the junior ranks.

Peter made the Queensland Under 14 team again in 1968 and 1969, and went a step further in making the Australian All Star team in 1969 and the Australian Under 17 All Star team in 1972

In 1979 and 1980 he gained Australian selection when Australia took on the Japanese and Korean teams when they played at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

His Australian selection in 1981 saw him go on to be chosen in the World Cup All Stars team

At 22 he was selected in the Queensland Claxton Shield and made many appearances in the team as a pitcher, catcher, third baseman and outfielder.

Peter was named the MVP in FNC juniors on a number of occasions and won the Huckleberry medal five times. He also was named the Lismore Sportsman of the Year in 1980, 1981 and 1982.



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