Bill Moor | February 12, 2017
In baseball terms, Jim Gibbons has pretty much been a five-tool player while serving and representing his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
The Chicago native was a two-sport star in the early 1950s … an assistant coach for both basketball and baseball in the 1960s … and the director of special events and protocol and an assistant vice president in University Relations during his more than 43 years with Notre Dame.
He could do it all. He taught former Indiana governor and South Bend mayor Joe Kernan how to slide … helped Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski with his swing … recruited basketball standout and future Notre Dame president Edward "Monk" Malloy … entertained incoming freshmen, major donors and heads of state … helped with Mass for retired priests … and served as a right-hand man for the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh for more than a quarter of a century.
Heck, Jim once even hit a length-of-the-court basket for the Irish to beat the halftime buzzer against Bradley.
But he was anything but a “long shot” when the Notre Dame Monogram Club recently went searching for a recipient for its first annual Jesse Harper Award, which honors service to the university, community and youth.