WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College graduate Norm Gigon likely would have had a big smile on his face after the Chicago Cubs won a World Series title early Thursday morning for the first time since 1908.
Gigon played baseball for two years under Colby legend John Winkin, and basketball for three years before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring of 1959. Gigon returned to Colby and earned his degree in history and government in 1960.
With Cub great Ron Santo out with an injury, Chicago and Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher had Gigon start the 1967 season in the major leagues.
"Everything that has happened to me this spring has been a surprise," Gigon told the Pittsburgh Press after the April 23 game. "I gave away all my equipment except a glove two years ago. I wasn't getting a chance to make the majors and I didn't want to spend my career in the minors."
With baseball still about 10 years away from free agency and lucrative contracts, Gigon ended his playing career after 1967 and became head coach at Lafayette from 1968 to 1982. Maddon, who also was recruited for football, was at the school from 1972 to 1976. Gigon converted Maddon into a catcher and he played four seasons of minor league baseball before becoming a coach.