Grad Year: 1980
Year Inducted: 2004
Joe Mikaelian ’80 was an accomplished baseball player at Rhode Island College from 1974-78 and he is still in the RIC record book to this day. As an outfielder, he was known for his speed around the bases, powerful throwing arm and excellent hitting skills.
A native of Cranston, Mikaelian played in 104 career games, batting .333 with 98 runs, 106 hits, 71 RBI, 14 doubles, 12 triples and 14 home runs. He is a member of the Rhode Island College Baseball 100-Hit Club.
Although he hasn’t put on the spikes for 26 years, Mikaelian still ranks first in walks (89), second in triples (12), fourth in steals (45) and fifth in runs (98) all-time.
He helped the team capture the NESCAC title in each of his four seasons as an Anchorman and earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior in 1976. Mikaelian missed the 1977 season while recuperating from knee surgery.
After graduation, Mikaelian went on to play Men’s Major League Softball for Pariseault Builders. The team traveled throughout the Northeast, playing in various tournaments. He was a member of Pariseault Builders’ Northeast Division Championship team in 1985, which went on to compete in the Softball World Series.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in 1980. He resides in Westerly with his wife Gina with their daughters: Nicole and Briana .