Thomas E. Skenderian
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 collegiateprospects in the country in 1966 when he led the EasternIntercollegiate Baseball League in batting with a .514 average. Themajor league scouts who swarmed to the games to watch the graceful6-1, 190-pounder perform tabbed him a "can't miss" prospect. Thatsummer the Readville, Mass., native tore the strong Boston Parkleague apart and paced his team in the playoffs with hisspectacular glove and by rapping out 11 hits in 15 at bats (.733),prompting summer coach Joel Peckham to say, "This boy is a majorleaguer right now." A year later, in the same Boston Park League,Tom Skenderian's hopes for a major league career ended in a freakaccident. A foul tip caromed off the handle of the bat and hit himin the left eye, reducing his vision to 20/100 and creating asituation not unlike that of Tony Conigliaro. Although his visionimproved, Skenderian was never the same hitter, either in hissenior season at Brown or during his brief career in the Boston RedSox farm system. But in 1966, as a sophomore, Skenderianexperienced one of the finest single seasons in Brown baseballhistory. Using a smooth, almost perfect swing, the big left-handerbecame the first Bruin to win the EIBL batting title in the 37-yearhistory of the league, and his .514 average was third highest inloop history. His .394 batting average against all opposition in1966 ranked him 18th nationally, and he led his team in hits (31),runs batted in (21), homers (4), doubles (7), and triples (3). "Tomused a closed stance with a very compact swing," Coach Stan Wardsays. "I've never seen anyone over a sustained stretch who madecontact with the ball as he did in 1966. A line drive hitter, hehit nothing but frozen ropes that season." Tom Skenderian endedthat 1966 season as All-new England and a unanimous choice for theEIBL all-star team. Skenderian is a hospital specialist for LittonAutomated Business, Brighton, Mass.