Wilfred A. "Lefty" Lefebvre
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Year Inducted: 1999
“Lefty” Lefebvre coached the Brown Baseball team for 15 years (1949-1964) and helped bring life into a program that had been struggling in the post-WWII years. In his 15 years at the helm, the baseball team had a combined record of 114 wins, 131 losses, and 6 ties. He helped to produce five Brown Hall of Famers, and he had winning seasons eight times while at Brown.
In 1952, Brown, under Lefty’s guidance, won the Ivy League Championship with a record of 10-6. It is still the only Ivy title in Brown baseball history. In that same year, the Bears tied Cornell for the EIBL (Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League) title. Brown had captured the EIBL Championship during the 1951 season with a 12-5 record, just missing a berth in the NCAA College World Series, losing in the regionals to Springfield.
Before Lefty arrived on College Hill, he had already had an interesting baseball career. He was a standout at Pawtucket High School, and after graduating in 1934, he went on to Holy Cross and became an all-time great in Worcester for the Crusaders. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fames for Holy Cross and Pawtucket High School. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1938 and was signed by the Boston Red Sox, beginning his professional career.
His very first at-bat would be his most memorable. He is one of only a few major-leaguers to homer in his first major league at-bat. He did it on the first pitch he saw, though he slid into third thinking it was only a triple. He went on to play one year in Boston before playing two years for the Washington Senators. He career ended after the 1944 season when he was called into the service, where he would proudly serve his country.
After his years at Brown, he received his Master’s Degree from Northeastern and taught in the Pawtucket school system for 27 years. He then served as a scout for Major League Baseball Organizations: the Washington Senators for ten years, Houston for two years, and the Boston Red Sox for 25 years. He earned “Scout of the Year” honors in Florida for his duties.
Lefty is now retired, residing in Largo, Florida with his son Michael. He was married to Rita Lefebvre and they had two sons, Michael and Billy. Rita and Billy have since passed away.