Nov. 4, 2011
By Anya Villanueva-Forte
Former Lobo great, Gig Brummell, proved to be a truly outstanding Lobo during his tenure as a two-sport athlete at UNM. Originally from Missouri, Brummell came to Albuquerque, N.M., to play basketball for UNM from 1957-61.
Although, Brummell was on scholarship to play basketball, he also possessed a knack for playing baseball. The former Lobo was a three-time letterwinner from 1959 -61. He was an all-conference player as a pitcher and was First Team All-Skyline Conference in 1960 and 61. As for basketball, he was a three-year letterwinner, and in 1957 he led the team in scoring as its captain. Brummell confessed he couldn't choose which sport was his favorite, as he loved both very much.
"Both were wonderful sports and the experience I had at UNM was great," said Brummell.
Brummell says the essential skill he acquired from his days as a student-athlete was gaining the responsibility to manage his time in order to get everything done in the classroom as well as on the field or the court.
"In athletics, you definitely have to have discipline, especially if you play two sports," Brummell said. "The only downside was that you didn't have a lot of time, so you had to make time to be able to enjoy the whole college experience besides the athletics and academics."
Brummell went on to sign a professional contract with the Albuquerque Dukes, then an affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics. Unfortunately, an arm injury cut short his pro aspirations.
Currently Brummell is a successful branch manager in Albuquerque. Brummell took the leadership skills he had learned from playing sports and the education he had acquired from UNM and parlayed them to his subsequent career in business.
In 1974, he moved to Dean Witter (and eventually Morgan Stanley Dean Witter). As branch manager, Brummell opened and managed eight offices in New Mexico and El Paso. Among the 400 branches nationwide, the Albuquerque parent branch ranked in the top 10.
His firm was recognized as one of the top five Morgan Stanley Dean Witter branch offices in the U.S., as well as the No. 1 branch in the Southwest for nine consecutive years.
Brummell is still involved in UNM athletics, even more so after head baseball coach Ray Birmingham reached out to the former alumni. Currently, Brummell serves as a member of the Alumni Letterman Association.
"Gig Brummell is a class act and I am glad he is an UNM Alumni," Birmingham said. "He is dedicated to the university here. It's guys like him that motivate me. I have to do good for guys like Gig Brummell."
When looking at the baseball team of the present, Brummell gets very excited about what he sees. He says coach Birmingham has gotten together a first-class baseball program that is nationally known. He considers UNM to be fortunate in having Birmingham as the baseball coach.
"He's turned the program around into one that has a very professional atmosphere," Brummell said. "He's done a phenomenal job. Calling yourself a Lobo is really a name of honor."