Thomas J. Grzych
Grad Year: 1979
Year Inducted: 2010
Tom Grzych is one of the college’s all-time greatest outfielders who starred on the diamond for the RIC baseball team from 1975-78.
Over the course of his stellar career, Grzych was an integral part of four consecutive NESCAC championship teams while compiling some impressive career numbers. He played in 115 career games, batting .306 with 402 at-bats, 72 runs scored, 123 hits, 18 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs, 63 RBI and 36 walks.
At the time of his graduation, Grzych was second on the all-time RIC career hit list.
As senior in 1978, Grzych played in 33 games, batting .361 with 22 runs scored, 39 hits, three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 20 RBI and 17 walks.
As a junior in 1977, he played in 23 games, batting .210 with 12 runs scored, 17 hits, three doubles, two triples, one homer, three walks and nine RBI.
As a sophomore in 1976, Grzych played in 33 games, batting .263 with 18 runs scored, 30 hits, nine doubles, three triples, four home runs, 12 walks and 21 RBI. For his efforts, he was named an Honorable Mention to the NESCAC’s All-Star Team.
As a freshman in 1975, he played in 26 games, batting .374 with 20 runs scored, 37 hits, three doubles, five triples, two home runs, four walks and 13 RBI.
The conclusion of his collegiate career didn’t spell the end for the Pascoag native’s love for baseball. He continued playing in the Ocean State Baseball League (1979-87), the Rhode Island Amateur League as a player/coach (1988-90) and has seen action in the Rhode Island Men’s Senior Baseball League (RIMSBL) since 1991.
In 1994 and again from 1996-2002, Gryzch and his teammates competed in the MSBL World Series, played in Phoenix, Ariz., winning the title in back-to-back campaigns (1996 and 1997). Grzych was the 40 Division’s MVP in 1996. He was part of a silver medal winning squad in 1998 at the Nike World Master’s Games held in Portland, Ore.
Grzych earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from Rhode Island College in 1979. Since 1979, he has operated a family-owned health care facility in Cranston.
He resides in Cranston with Michelle Lawson.