Paul W. Welch '38
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Year Inducted: 1982
Other Sports Played: Ice Hockey
Paul W. Welch '38 has been described by his teammates and his peers as the complete baseball player. Arriving at Brown from Wellesley, Mass., via Williston Academy, Welch captained the freshman nine before embarking on an illustrious varsity career. In an era when collegiate baseball was extremely competitive and when crowds of 6,000 were not unusual, Welch batted a robust .439 in 1936 while the Bruins were posting a 12-5 record against the best competition in the East. There were some fine ball players on the teams of the Welch years, men such as Mickey O'Reilly, Charlie Butler, Perry Elrod, Floyd Hinckley, Don Eccleston, and Amby Murray, who went directly from Brown to the Boston Braves of the National League. Eccleston recently talked about Welch. "Paul could do it all. He was a line-drive hitter rather than a slugger, but the ball seemed to jump off his bat and often find the gaps for doubles and triples. He was an excellent outfielder with good range, a strong and accurate arm, and the knowledge of how to play the hitters. He was also an excellent base runner, always a threat to steal." Apparently "Pete" Welch was also a contributor when he wasn't on the field. "I've never heard a better bench jockey in action," Eccleston adds. "He could get on one of the team's players - the pitcher, for example - and ride him so hard that the hurler was more concerned with Welch in the dugout than he was with the batter. Paul was a real character who would delight all of us with his quick remarks. He was just a born leader. That's why we elected him captain in his senior year." Paul Welch also played a strong game of hockey. He still claims that one of his biggest sports thrills was feeding the puck to Danny Hicks for the overtime goal that gave Brown its first hockey victory over Yale. Now retired from Crane Packing Company of Morton Grove, Ill., Paul Welch is living in Lakehurst, NJ.