Mercer County sports coverage will never be the same. George O’Gorman, the legendary Trentonian sports writer, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 73.
O’Gorman better known as “Oge” covered high school athletics with the Trentonian since 1976. O’Gorman was also on the New York Giants beat from 1978-2015, and a color commentator on the WBCB Sports Network.
Phrases and descriptions like “legend,” “one of a kind,” and “genuine” have been continually said in the wake of his passing.
Below are condensed quotes from some of the people involved in Mercer County athletics who were closely associated with O’Gorman throughout his time at the Trentonian.
Jim Maher, Nottingham Baseball Coach
“He interviewed me when I was a 15 year old kid,” Maher said. He was a class guy. He was very knowledgeable, mild mannered, just a tremendous guy. I don’t know of anyone who ever had a bad word to say about George.”
Bill Rednor, WBCB Account Executive
“He was very caring about the community he was raised in. He was born in Chambersburg and never forgot his roots,” Rednor explained. He carried his upbringing onto covering high school sports. He cared, he cared about the community, and he never forgot his roots. We’ve lost a true one of a kind person. His actions spoke louder than words.”
Brian Gialella, Steinert Teacher
“As a sports writer he was all about making the kids look good. He never wrote a bad word, or a bad comment. He always so positive. It was all genuine with him. Everyone truly embraced everything he said and did.”
Rich Gialella, Former Steinert Athlete, Coach, and Athletic Director
“George was an icon. He was important to the Mercer County community for years. George always looked for the positives. He was one of the last famous writers that made high school sports so very important. George was Mercer County.”
Rich Fisher, Writer for the Trentonian and Hamilton Pulse
“George had as big an impact on me as anyone in Journalism. From George I learned work ethic, how to get along with people, how to deal with coaches and players, and how to make sports writing not seem like a job,” Fisher said. He out worked everybody, nobody put in more hours than George. He did so much for high school sports.”
According to the Trentonian a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 6, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Anthony’s Church, 626 S. Olden Avenue, Hamilton, NJ.
A WBCB George O’Gorman special tribute show will be replayed on 1490 AM and www.wbcb1490.com this Monday from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.