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Bob Borkowski
04-05-2012, 02:45 AM
Jerry Lynch, one of baseball's best-ever pinch hitters, died over the weekend.

His best baseball years were with the Reds in the mid-1950s into the early
60s.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lynch

Yachtzee
04-05-2012, 02:49 AM
I once asked my uncle to name his first "favorite player" for the Reds. He said "Jerry Lynch." I asked him why and he said, "Because he always came through with a hit when the Reds needed it."

RANDY IN INDY
04-05-2012, 11:39 AM
"Lynch in the pinch." RIP

JaxRed
04-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Saw him in my youth. Hell of a hitter. Couldn't catch a thing in the OF

redsmetz
04-05-2012, 12:13 PM
It's interesting, by the time I really paid attention to baseball, Lynch was with the Pirates (the final four years of his career), so I always have to remind myself that the bulk of his career (and greatest success) was with the Reds. Here's how I remember him, particularly this Topps card. Now that I think about it, that was probably the first year I started buying baseball cards (and it took a lot of pop bottles being retrieved to pay for them!).

https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRe_bJsh3yy8FT_3_avMIFYZNVIcfpF3 ZHA801DvthUe4ek5dkJ

RedlegJake
04-06-2012, 12:52 AM
One of my dad's favorite Reds players. Best pinch hitter he ever saw and next was Smoky Burgess and both were Reds. I used to ask him about Manny Mota and he'd roll his eyes and say "Judy hitter! like he was spittin' out bugs or something...

vic715
04-06-2012, 02:07 AM
In 1961 Frank Robinson won the NL MVP but Jerry Lynch might have been the MVP of the Reds.It seemed like every time they needed a big hit off the bench Jerry got it.I think he hit 5 hrs and drove in 25 runs as a pinch hitter that year.Highly doubtful that they would have won the pennet that year without Lynch.

757690
04-06-2012, 02:50 AM
Reds have had a history of great pinch hitters. Lynch, Smokey Burgess, Lenny Harris are probably three of the top ten pinch hitters in the games history.

cumberlandreds
04-09-2012, 11:23 AM
I remember my dad talking about him and saying what a good pinch hitter he was for the Reds. He's just before my time so I don't remember him other than what I have read. He was a great pinch hitter and you don't see too many around anymore it seems. R.I.P. Jerry Lynch

HokieRed
04-09-2012, 12:43 PM
Remember him well. R.I.P., Jerry.

CySeymour
04-09-2012, 01:09 PM
My dad always use to tell me about Lynch and Burgess pinch hitting, and I loved the old stories. Rest well, Jerry, and say hi to my dad up there!

RedlegJake
06-17-2012, 10:14 PM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120616/COL19/306160067

On Father's Day a great article about |Jerry Lynch. Made me think of my dad. Love you Dad. Your Reds won today Da, you'd have liked this team - shades of the 39-40 pitching staff! Honor your fathers everyone if they are stil around. When they're gone....well believe me how you miss them!! Jake

Spitball
06-17-2012, 10:50 PM
Jack Twyman and now Jerry Lynch have died. I always thought they looked like the same guy.

WVRedsFan
06-18-2012, 02:16 AM
I became a Reds fan in 1961. My Dad was a fan since the 30's, but in 1961' I was 12, and got interested. That whole season was a dream. The Reds fought the Dodgers, we're up and down, and more often than not, players like Lynch, Post, and Freese contributed nearly as much as Robinson and Pinson. Lynch was amazing in the clutch. I will always remember him. May he rest in peace. Great memories.

RichRed
06-18-2012, 10:24 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120616/COL19/306160067

On Father's Day a great article about |Jerry Lynch. Made me think of my dad. Love you Dad. Your Reds won today Da, you'd have liked this team - shades of the 39-40 pitching staff! Honor your fathers everyone if they are stil around. When they're gone....well believe me how you miss them!! Jake

Great article - thanks, Jake. Most of what I know about the '61 team comes from reading Jim Brosnan's "Pennant Race," and I fell in love with that team because of that book. It's always fun to learn more about the guys from those days.