Gaynor Cawley

Category
1999
About This Inductee

A Scranton native, Gaynor started his sports career at the age of 7 as a southpaw pitcher on the Rotary Team of the West Scranton Little League. Gaynor went on to excel at West Scranton’s Saint Patrick’s High School in football as a quarterback, in basketball where he played in two Dream games and scored over 1,000 points, and as an all-star pitcher, hurling three no hit, no run games in his senior year. Gaynor won 37 of 42 decisions during his high school career. He averaged over 2 strikeouts per inning, and had a .330 batting average. Gaynor was also selected as “The Athlete of the Week,” an unprecedented four times in high school for his pitching exploits. After attending the University of Scranton, Gaynor signed a professional baseball con-tract with the Detroit Tigers. After winning 7 of 9 decisions in his rookie season in Georgia with the Tiger organization, he was drafted by the Houston Colt 45’s, and his contract was with Houston’s Triple A Oklahoma City team. Gaynor went on to pitch for Modesto of the California League, and was invited to pitch with the Houston/Boston team in the Florida winter league. Gaynor ended his professional baseball career in 1964. Gaynor entered politics and has served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Scranton, and was also elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1980. He was re-elected nine times, and presently serves his constituents in the 113th Legislative District. Gaynor is married to the former Kathy Karam and they are the parents of five daughters. They also have one grandson. The Cawley’s currently reside in Scranton.