Robert A. Thorley
Robert A. Thorley
Hometown: North Dartmouth, MA
Team: Baseball

Robert Allen Thorley '71
Hometown: North Dartmouth, MA
Sport: Baseball
Year Inducted: 1977
Other Sports Played: Football

Robert Allen Thorley '71 is considered the finest Brown baseball pitcher of the past 36 years. The 6-0, 185-pounder from North Dartmouth, Mass., compiled a 16-5 career record and established University marks for most victories in one season (8) and most strikeouts one game (17). After posting earned run averages of 2.80 and 2.53 in his first two varsity seasons, Thorley added a slider to his curve ball-fast ball repertoire and had a phenomenal senior season. He was 8-1 that year with a 1.70 ERA, chalked up 78 strikeouts in 90 innings, and was an All-East and All-Ivy selection. One of his most impressive victories in 1971 was a 2-0 shutout of Florida State, then number two in the nation. Bob Thorley's only loss in 1971 was 3-0 to Dartmouth and its pitching ace, Pete Broberg, with Thorley giving up four hits and Broberg three. In career statistics, Thorley stands second in appearances (33), innings pitched (216), victories (16), and is third in strikeouts (158), in each case trailing another Brown pitching immortal, Walt Jusczyk '41. "I don't think Bob Thorley ever had a bad game on the mound," says his former coach, Bill Livesey. "He was one of the most fierce competitors I've ever coached. He never beat himself." When he was pitching North Dartmouth High to the Capeway Conference title, Thorley was known as "Mr Zero," a nickname well earned for a hurler who had a 15-4 record, allowed only 24 runs in 94 innings a tossed a no-hitter. At Brown Bob Thorley played left corner back on the football team and was a key man in the 24-17 upset of Harvard in 1969. A lieutenant in the Navy, Thorley is stationed at Annapolis, where he also serves as baseball coach.