Michael A. Timlin - Inducted - 2010
Mike Timlin came out of Midland, Texas as a solid outfielder when Coach Jim Mallon recruited him to pitch for the Southwestern Pirates during the summer of 1984. Timlin went on to pitch three seasons from 1985 through 1987 for the Pirates before being drafted to play professionally. As the ace pitcher for the Pirates he appeared in 51 games, threw a no-hitter in his final season and holds the school record of eleven completed games in 1987. His most productive years on the mound, however, were to come in Major League Baseball where he had an 18-year career from 1991 to 2008. Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987, his outstanding career was highlighted by the earning of four World Series Championship rings – two with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 and two with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. His first World Series Championship in 1992 was truly memorable as he was called upon to get the final out for the Blue Jays in Game 6 against the Atlanta Braves to win the World Series. He concluded his career having pitched in 1,058 games and became ranked #1 in Major League Baseball in relief appearances by a right-handed reliever when he made his 1,054th appearance. The Boston Red Sox, in recognition of his stellar six-year career with their organization, declared April 19, 2009 as “Mike Timlin Day” at Fenway Park and had him throw out the ceremonial first pitch. In 2007 he joined a list of Major League Baseball’s Who’s Who when he was awarded the prestigious Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, given to players who best exemplify Lou Gehrig’s character and integrity both on and off the field.