Bill Nordstrom ’62 Inducted 1996

Baseball and Basketball

Bill   Nordstrom

After being heavily recruited at the Division I level for basketball and baseball out of Walnut Grove High School, Bill Nordstrom opted for the opportunity to play both basketball and baseball at Gustavus.
On the court, Nordstrom was a three-time all-conference selection and ranks as the sixth all-time leading scorer in Gustavus basketball history with 1,594 points. He averaged over 17 points a game in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons as well as finishing among the top three scorers in the MIAC in each of those seasons. In his junior season, Nordstrom led the Gusties to the NAIA National Tournament where he scored 29 points in a first round loss to Illinois Wesleyan.
On the diamond, Nordstrom was a four-year starting outfielder and hit .325 during the 1960 season as the Gusties compiled a 10-1-1 record and finished second in the MIAC. In his senior season, Nordstrom was awarded the Myrum Key given to the senior letterwinner with the highest grade point average.
After graduating cum laude with majors in English and history, Nordstrom went on to receive his law degree from the University of Minnesota. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in mortgage banking and practicing law in the Twin Cities where he is currently in private practice in Edina. Bill and his wife, Janet, have one daughter, Tera.