brayton_roz_bsb_vsyale_71webRoswell Brayton, Jr. '73

Baseball - Hall of Fame Class of 1998







 

Harvard Athletic Achievements

Brayton pitched for the Harvard baseball team from 1971 to 1973.  He was named first team All-Ivy and first team All- New England in 1972 and 1973.  Brayton also won the Dana P. Wingate Memorial Award as the MVP of the 1972 Harvard baseball team.  He led the EIBL in ERA, strikeouts, and innings pitched in 1972 and 1973.  Brayton's top regular season ERA mark for his career was a 0.43 in 1972. He helped the Crimson win the Ivy championship and go to the College World Series in 1971 and 1973.
 

Brayton was selected by Boston Red Sox in 10th Round (233rd overall) of the 1973 amateur entry draft.  He played four seasons of minor league ball from 1973-76, making it all the way to the Rhode Island Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate.  Roswell finished his minor league career going 25-22 with a 3.07 ERA, 253 strikeouts, and pitching 352.0 innings.
 

Remembering Harvard Athletics

Being on a team is as great a learning experience as one can have, whether it is Little Leagueor the Major Leagues.  Being a part of a unit which works toward a common goal is an unforgettable experience especially if the team successful.  The Harvard baseball team during my year 1971 through 1973 was very successful.  We won the Eastern (Ivy) League all three year, the Greater Boston League all three years, and the District two out of three years.  In 1971 and 1973 we played in the College World Series, an experience no team member will ever forget.
 

Being a part of those very successful Harvard baseball teams is my fondest memory of the Harvard experience.  For all of us on those teams it wasn’t just about honing athletic skills, it was about friendship, common goals, sacrifices, and ultimately the satisfaction that comes from winning.  This was every bit as much a part of my education as what I learned in the classroom.  There is no question in my mind that as a CEO of a corporation I draw on the learning experience of having been on a winning team at Harvard when trying to lead a business.
 

While undoubtedly all members of a baseball team are critical to it’s success, as a pitcher I always felt a special connection to the catcher.  They are two guys that no matter how different they may be as individuals need to learn and to think as one on the field.  I know that my induction in to the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame would never have occurred if I had not been lucky enough to have a truly special catcher all three of my years on the Harvard team.  While there are many people I should thank, I have a special thanks to Pete Varney ’71, Tim Bilodeau ’72, and Rich Bridich ’73.  I hope wherever these three guys are now they get a chance to know that I thank them for the great job all three of them did as my catcher.