Thomas E. Skenderian
Hometown: Readville, MA
Team: Baseball

Thomas E. Skenderian '68
Hometown: Readville, MA
Sport: Baseball
Year Inducted: 1975

Thomas E. Skenderian '68 was rated one of the finest collegiate prospects in the country in 1966 when he led the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League in batting with a .514 average. The major league scouts who swarmed to the games to watch the graceful 6-1, 190-pounder perform tabbed him a "can't miss" prospect. That summer the Readville, Mass., native tore the strong Boston Park league apart and paced his team in the playoffs with his spectacular glove and by rapping out 11 hits in 15 at bats (.733), prompting summer coach Joel Peckham to say, "This boy is a major leaguer right now." A year later, in the same Boston Park League, Tom Skenderian's hopes for a major league career ended in a freak accident. A foul tip caromed off the handle of the bat and hit him in the left eye, reducing his vision to 20/100 and creating a situation not unlike that of Tony Conigliaro. Although his vision improved, Skenderian was never the same hitter, either in his senior season at Brown or during his brief career in the Boston Red Sox farm system. But in 1966, as a sophomore, Skenderian experienced one of the finest single seasons in Brown baseball history. Using a smooth, almost perfect swing, the big left-hander became the first Bruin to win the EIBL batting title in the 37-year history of the league, and his .514 average was third highest in loop history. His .394 batting average against all opposition in 1966 ranked him 18th nationally, and he led his team in hits (31), runs batted in (21), homers (4), doubles (7), and triples (3). "Tom used a closed stance with a very compact swing," Coach Stan Ward says. "I've never seen anyone over a sustained stretch who made contact with the ball as he did in 1966. A line drive hitter, he hit nothing but frozen ropes that season." Tom Skenderian ended that 1966 season as All-new England and a unanimous choice for the EIBL all-star team. Skenderian is a hospital specialist for Litton Automated Business, Brighton, Mass.