Grad Year: 1983
Year Inducted: 2001
John Wilkins is one of the finest baseball players in Rhode Island College’s history. Despite not playing for the Anchormen for over 18 years now, he still holds RIC records for the most career victories, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games, appearances and innings pitched. Wilkins also holds single season records for the most victories, strikeouts, shutouts and games started.
He was named the team’s captain, Most Valuable Player and was First Team All-New England as a senior in 1983. Following his career at RIC, Wilkins played professionally in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has been an umpire for the past ten years, primarily working high school games, as well as summer college leagues. Wilkins is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Umpires Association.
He hails from Warwick, Rhode Island and is a 1979 graduate of Veterans High School. During his days as a Hurricane, he played four years of hockey and baseball. He was an All-Division selection as a pitcher in 1979 during his senior year.
Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1983.