Sure, they've known their share of successes, the McGowans. A happy marriage, great kids. A nice house in the Orlando suburbs. But can anything match being selected as the PFL 1988 Manager of the Year?
I think not.
When reached by phone, George "G-Mac" McGowan, the erstwhile Owner/GM of the Blue Jays became visibly emotional when hearing the news. "I've never... I thought I was just..." McGowan paused to wipe away the tears and compose himself before continuing. "I'm honored that my peers felt I deserved this honor."
And deserved it was. George's Blue Jays battled all season long with the Braves and Orioles in the knock-down environment that is the PFL Central. Smart roster moves and a strong lineup ultimately helped the Jays rise to the top, where they and the Orioles both qualified for the PFL playoffs.
To celebrate, George made a last minute pilgrimage to Citi Field in New York. "New York was where my love for baseball began," McGowan said. In the photo above you see him pointing to his family's brick at the entrance to the ballpark. In the second picture, Assistant General Manager I.M. Katt plans roster strategy for the coming season.
Voting was as follows. First place votes in parentheses.
Randy Partin, Yankees (3) 9
Dean Collins, Orioles (1) 6
Jeff "Yountfan" Kloster, Brewers (1) 4
Paul Wootten, Angels (1) 2