Published in Star Tribune on March 20, 2011
Well known baseball
historian extraordinaire, Glenn "Gos" Gostick, died at age 83
on March 15, 2011 at his home in Montrose, CO.
Born to Glenn & Bessie (Borseth) Gostick, he lived in north Minneapolis
from birth until his move to Colorado in 2009. After graduating North
High in 1946 he joined the Army to play baseball in Japan winning the
All-Pacific Area Championship.
He attended the University of Minnesota graduating 1952 in physical therapy
and 1961 in physical education with post graduate work in athletic injuries.
A lifetime devoted to sports he worked for the Minnesota Twins; umpired
college, high school, and amateur baseball; was advisor and coach to both
the Swedish and Dutch national baseball associations in their organizational
infancy; was an instructor, asst. coach, and trainer at the Univ. of MN
and Case Institute of Technology, Ohio; player and coach in semi-pro baseball
leagues in MN and SD.
As a trainer he worked with the U.S. National Jr. Hockey Team in Sweden
and Poland; with the Jr. North Stars, Minnesota Fighting Saints, NY Yankee
Minor League, and many others.
As a physical therapist he worked at North Memorial Hospital, Sheltering
Arms Hospital (polio) and orthopaedic groups in Minneapolis.
Gos was well known for baseball statistics, all hand written, and often
sent them to friends and family members as a "hello" with no
letter of explanation. He was a walking encyclopedia of baseball trivia
and published a book on high school coaching.
A dapper dresser, in tweeds and plaids, he loved the holidays and was
"Mr. Santa Claus" in red and green holly pants and candy cane
A bachelor, he enjoyed his six nephews and nieces and their families.
He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Helen Oren and Lillian Read.
At his direction there will be no service or memorial and he donated his
body to the Univ. of CO medical school.
As many knew, his greeting to everyone was, "Give me a letter of
the alphabet" and he would quote from Ogden Nash's poem "Line-Up
from Yesterday." You could continue to give him a new letter, but
he said he would charge after three. So one last baseball quote to sum
up Gos, the letter "I", "I is for Me, Not a hard-hitting
man, But an outstanding all-time, Incurable fan."