Originally Posted by Everyday Dad:
Never played for him directly but did get coached by members of his coaching tree
A legend in Illinois HS baseball
A legend everywhere really. But to we Joliet natives I can't even describe how important he was to the 'city of champions'. I was spoiled growing up in joliet and coaching at joliet catholic and providence catholic. Then I moved away and realized in other towns kids are NOT drafted every year routinely. When people up here ask me what's the difference the name Gordie Gillespie always is my first response. You are right he built a coaching tree that was nothing short of amazing. I am honored to be a small part of that tree. Once I asked Gordie about the winning is everything idea and he gave me my favorite quote of all time...
"winning isn't everything but making the effort to win is"
-- Gordie Gillespie R.I.P.