The Cushmore brothers grew up in a baseball family. Their father was a big fan of the Philadelphia Athletics back in the day, and their uncle broadcast the Phillies and Athletics games on the radio in the early 1940s.
“My uncle and my father had a love of baseball, and they passed that along to us,” said Ted Cushmore OPC ’58.
The brothers brought their love of the game with them when they came to Penn Charter, each as ninth graders, and they have stepped forward to make a joint gift to Penn Charter’s splendid new baseball facility.
“Penn Charter did a lot for me, and baseball was a big part of my life there and a big part of my life after Penn Charter,” Steve Cushmore OPC ’64 explained.
The brothers attended Penn Charter on partial scholarships, and, in addition to their support of PC baseball, their gift reflects their gratitude and sense that Penn Charter gave them a head start in life. “Between the wonderful professors and the athletic tradition, which I was lucky enough to participate in, PC set the table for me,” Ted said. “So, I want to give back. I wanted to repay my scholarship and then go well beyond that.”
A Cushmore gift to strengthen Penn Charter’s baseball legacy is especially fitting given that the brothers are hallowed names in PC baseball.
The Cushmores were three-sport athletes, but baseball was their first love. Ted captained the 1958 championship team, played second base, hit .372, and was named to the Philadelphia Area All-Scholastic Baseball Team, which included the Public, Catholic and Inter-Academic leagues. Ted went on to play for Colgate and captained the team in his senior year. He then began a 30-year career in marketing and management at General Mills in Minnesota.
Steve was later known for his two-seam fastball, but the PC yearbook remembers “Cush” for his curveball. An All Inter-Ac pitcher and three-year varsity player at PC, he pitched for Princeton and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Steve played for Detroit’s farm team for three years before returning to Philadelphia to establish a successful career as an attorney and, later, an expert on planned giving.
Baseball was just the beginning for them, but what a memorable beginning.