Dick Gordon, a Baltimore attorney who represented prominent professional athletes following their playing careers, died Sept. 25 following a brief illness. Mr. Gordon was 85.
Mr. Gordon assisted baseball luminaries such as Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Robinson, Luis Aparicio, Dwight Evans, Tony Kubek, Carl Yastrzemski and Earl Weaver with promotional events, including autograph signings.
Mr. Gordon may have not been familiar to the average baseball fan, but he had outsized influence within the game among players and the game's movers and shakers.
"He was a dear friend and he did so much for so many charitable causes," said Steve Geppi, the owner and publisher of Baltimore Magazine.
Geppi had this remembrance of Mr. Gordon.
"When the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions are taking place, the top hotel in Cooperstown, [N.Y.], the Otesaga, is reserved for Hall of Famers and their families. When [former Orioles manager] Earl Weaver was being inducted into the Hall of Fame, somehow I wound up getting into the Otesaga as Weaver’s 'brother-in-law.' It was all Dick Gordon’s doing. He was the one who had the connections. He was that well-regarded."
If someone needed a former player to speak at a charity banquet, it was Mr. Gordon who was able to make it happen.
"He would get the right player for the right event," Geppi said.
Longtime friend Ray Schulte, also prominent in sports marketing and public relations, remembered Mr. Gordon this way:
"With his roots in Baltimore, Dick had the ability to represent some of the highest profile athletes after their careers.
"Everybody loved Dick. He was a great storyteller and had immense integrity. He was a class act."
Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria Pever Gordon; daughter Ilene "Icy" (Michael) Kanfer and sons Lenny (Sue) Gordon, and Fred (Terri) Gordon, and grandchildren Ryan, Adam, and Shayna Kanfer, Zack, Jake, and Alana Gordon, and Matthew, Ashleigh, and Josh Gordon
He was preceded in death by his brother Arnold Gordon and parents Maurice and Lillian Gordon.
Services are at 2 p.m., Sept. 27, at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, Pikesville, Md. Interment Beth El Memorial Park - Randallstown.
Please omit flowers. Contributions in Mr. Gordon's memory may be sent to The Isaac and Fannie Pever Foundation at Beth El Synagogue, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Md., 21208.
In mourning at the home of Gloria Gordon, Pikesville, Md., Sept. 27 only, and continuing Sept. 28 at the home of Lenny and Sue Gordon, Potomac, Md.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jayne Charles