Ralph Chase Knight '21
Year Inducted: 1978
Ralph Chase Knight '21 was known as "The Giant Killer" for hisexploits as a pitcher on some of Brown's fine baseball teams. As asophomore, Knight carried the pitching load for the 1919 nine thatwon 13 of 16 games and just missed nailing down the Easternchampionship. He defeated Yale 5-1 on a three hitter and also 2-1,a game in which he outdueled Cox, Yale's crack southpaw. Knightalso defeated Harvard twice, 5-2 and 6-2, Columbia 3-2, and endedthe season with a dramatic 4-3 decision over Dartmouth, thenBrown's big rival in baseball. "Credit for this year's showing isin a large part due to Ralph Knight '21," the Liber said. "Hiswonderful pitching against the best the East had to offer provedhis right to rank as one of the leading hurlers in intercollegiatecircles." A right-hander, Knight had a blazing fast ball, asharp-breaking curve, and pin-point control. "When the games weretight, Ralph was right in his element," says Tom Hall, a 1919teammate. "He would never let an error on the field both him. He'djust climb back up on the mound, hitch up his trousers, and go towork. And if you made a good play behind him, Ralph would come byyou on the bench, pat you on the back, and say, 'Not bad, fella.'Ralph had a whimsical sense of humor and was a real fine person.You would never forget him." Knight captained the 1920 nine andthen played one year of professional ball with Rochester of theInternational League, a Yankee farm team. He became sales managerfor the Niagara Blower Company of New York, was a regional directorof the Associated Alumni, and served as past president of the BrownEngineering Association. He died March 4, 1972. A son is Ralph C.Knight '48.