First Name: Gordon B.
Last Name: Isnor
Sport: Baseball
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: Original
Home Town: Dartmouth
County: Halifax County

Gordon Isnor was born on May 10, 1885 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. During his teenage years he was commonly known as “Gordon B”, the avid sportsman and superb baseball player. Isnor helped the Halifax Socials Baseball Club make their way into the record books.

In June of 1910, Isnor was elected the President of the Senior Baseball League and one year later became the director of the newly-established Nova Scotia Baseball Association. In 1914, with the outbreak of war, Gordon put an end to his career as manager of the Halifax Socials Baseball club and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery from 1915-1918.

Isnor was not only an athlete, but a great community leader. He was the major promoter for hockey in Nova Scotia and was responsible for entering Halifax into the professional hockey scene. At the same time, he owned and operated a business – Isnor Brothers – in the north end of Halifax.

Among his other notable achievements, Isnor was a member of Halifax City Council, served seven years in the Nova Scotia Legislature, fifteen years in the House of Commons, and 23 years in the Senate (in the main photo here, he is seen in his Senator role greeting Babe Ruth when Ruth visited Halifax in 1942). In 1971, he was the first honorary member appointed to the Board of Trade. He was on the Board of Governors for Dalhousie University and the Board of Directors for the School of the Blind.

Isnor was one of the founding members of the Halifax North Progressive Club, the Waegwoltic Club, the Mayflower Curling Club, and the Armdale Yacht Club. Gordon Isnor passed away in 1973 at the age of 87 and is an Original Sport Hall of Fame Inductee.


• Helped Halifax Socials Club into record books
• 1910 president of the Senior Baseball League
• 1911 director of Nova Scotia Baseball Association
• Also big promoter of hockey in Nova Scotia
• Founding member of Halifax North Progressive Club
• Founding member of Waegwoltic Club
• Founding member of the Mayflower Curling Club
• Founding member of the Armdale Yacht Club