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 hispeers as the complete baseball player. Arriving at Brown fromWellesley, Mass., via Williston Academy, Welch captained thefreshman nine before embarking on an illustrious varsity career. Inan era when collegiate baseball was extremely competitive and whencrowds of 6,000 were not unusual, Welch batted a robust .439 in1936 while the Bruins were posting a 12-5 record against the bestcompetition in the East. There were some fine ball players on theteams of the Welch years, men such as Mickey O'Reilly, CharlieButler, Perry Elrod, Floyd Hinckley, Don Eccleston, and AmbyMurray, who went directly from Brown to the Boston Braves of theNational League. Eccleston recently talked about Welch. "Paul coulddo it all. He was a line-drive hitter rather than a slugger, butthe ball seemed to jump off his bat and often find the gaps fordoubles and triples. He was an excellent outfielder with goodrange, a strong and accurate arm, and the knowledge of how to playthe hitters. He was also an excellent base runner, always a threatto steal." Apparently "Pete" Welch was also a contributor when hewasn't on the field. "I've never heard a better bench jockey inaction," Eccleston adds. "He could get on one of the team's players- the pitcher, for example - and ride him so hard that the hurlerwas more concerned with Welch in the dugout than he was with thebatter. Paul was a real character who would delight all of us withhis quick remarks. He was just a born leader. That's why we electedhim captain in his senior year." Paul Welch also played a stronggame of hockey. He still claims that one of his biggest sportsthrills was feeding the puck to Danny Hicks for the overtime goalthat gave Brown its first hockey victory over Yale. Now retiredfrom Crane Packing Company of Morton Grove, Ill., Paul Welch isliving in Lakehurst, NJ.