Michael J. Lynch '04
Year Inducted: 1971
Michael J. Lynch '04 is generally regarded as Brown's finest pitcher and was rated by some as the best college hurler of his day. He had speed, courage, and good techniques, al the things a pitcher needed. Big Mike was also a powerful hitter and won many games with his bat as well as his arm. In 1903, against some of the top teams in the country, Lynch had a 10-2 record, including a victory over the Providence Grays. He shut out Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Penn, allowing only 12 hits in these four games. In 13 games during the 1903 season, Lynch struck out 154 men while allowing only 41 hits and 20 runs. Moving on to the majors, he pitched three years for Pittsburgh and one for the New York Giants, compiling a 44-32 record and a 3:05 ERA. In 72 starts, he hurled 53 complete games. His best mark was 17-9 for Pittsburgh in 1905.