Grad Year: 1978
Year Inducted: 2003
Paul Shaughnessy is one of Rhode Island College’s all-time greatest pitchers in the sport of baseball. Even though he hasn’t set foot on the diamond in over 25 years, many of his records still hold up today.
He was RIC’s first-ever career 20-game winner, compiling a 21-9 record in 36 games. Shaughnessy is first all-time in complete games (14), second in games started (32), wins (21), innings pitched (228.2) and is tied for third in shutouts (three). He is second in career earned run average at 2.76 and with 154 strikeouts. Shaughnessy also ranks in the top-five in many single-season categories.
Shaughnessy was part of four consecutive Rhode Island College NESCAC Championship teams from 1975-78. As a senior in 1978, he helped the team to a 20-13 overall record and an NCAA Tournament berth by going 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 48 strikeouts. He was selected to play in the New England Collegiate All-Star Game as a sophomore in 1976, going 7-1 with a 2.85 ERA and 26 strikeouts.
A native of Cranston, Shaughnessy was a two-time All-State selection in baseball, earning First Team honors as a senior and Second Team kudos as a junior.