Chris Lynch (’72) – Baseball
Chris Lynch joins his brother Ed Lynch to become the first brothers to enter our Sports Hall of Fame. Like his brother Ed, Chris Lynch lettered in baseball and basketball at Columbus. While Ed is perhaps best remembered at Columbus for his basketball accomplishments, Chris distinguished himself on the Explorers diamond.
Chris established himself very early at Columbus as the staff ace – as a sophomore. He threw a two-hitter against a powerful Miami High team. A teammate described Chris as “the best pitcher of our era.
A three–year letter winner in baseball, Chris was named first team All County his senior season. He was also selected all-Catholic in both his junior and senior seasons.
After his senior season, Chris was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the Major League free agent draft. But instead of playing professional, he chose to play at Miami-Dade South.
In his sophomore year at Miami-Dade, Chris posted a 13-1 record and led the country in strikeouts. After both seasons at Miami-Dade he was drafted, first by the Mets and then by Dodgers
Recruited by every major college baseball program in the county, Chris chose to play at the University of Miami, where he pitched for legendary coach Ron Fraser and his equally legendary assistant, Skip Bertman. Chris was the No. 2 starter for the Canes. Over his two seasons at Miami, the team’s combined record was 86-31.
After finishing his collegiate career, Chris enrolled in law school at the University of Miami where he graduated in 1979. He has been a practicing attorney in South Florida for 31 years.
Chris and his wife Debra are the parents of two sons.