Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon inducted into Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame
BEATRICE, Neb. (KLKN) – Former Husker Alex Gordon was inducted into Nebraska’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Gordon and six other former Nebraska baseball players were honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
Gordon is considered to be one of the top 5 Nebraska-born baseball players.
He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and began playing for the Beatrice Bruins from 2002-03. He then played for the Huskers before being the #2 MLB draft pick in 2005.
At the event, Gordon was able to celebrate his career in his home state.
“My dream was to play major league baseball as a young kid growing up in Nebraska,” Gordon said. “There were speed bumps along the way, sure, but that’s life. You’re going to have adversity and stuff like that, and I just kept pushing and eventually succeeded.”
Gordon had a 14-year career with the Kansas City Royals, winning multiple awards as the third baseman and left fielder.
He helped lead the Royals to two World Series, winning the championship in 2015.
The president of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame, Bob Steinkamp, coached Gordon when he played for the Beatrice Bruins.
“I had over 1,000 players come through my program in 40 years,” Steinkamp said. “Out of the 1,000, 350 went on to pro ball. I would say he’s the best player of all of them.”
Along with Gordon, Jeff Leise, Eddie Brown, Ken Vergith, Jeff Christy, Chris Gradoville, and Charlie Clon were also inducted.
Gordon said Nebraska fans were always like family to him.
“No matter where I went playing baseball, whether it was Chicago, New York, wherever, there was always a Nebraska fan in the stands cheering me on,” he said.