Yesterday, it was announced that Holy Cross third baseman Matt Perry (Chatham '09) was named the 2009 Patriot League Baseball Player of the Year. Perry is a junior from Sudbury, MA. The Crusaders will play at West Point this weekend in a Patriot League tournament semifinal. Perry was first in the league in three major offensive categories with a .439 batting average, 75 hits and a .505 OBP. Perry's 75 hits broke the school single-season record previously held by his father, Ron Perry. If that name is familiar to fans of the Cape League, it is because Ron Perry was elected to the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of his accomplishments for the Hyannis Mets in 1978 and 1979.
The Perry name is well known in Worcester and throughout New England. In addition to being a CCBL Hall of Famer, Ron was a basketball All American for the Crusaders and holds the distinction of being drafted by the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Celtics. Matt's grandfather, Ron S. Perry, won national championships in baseball and basketball at Holy Cross. Over the course of three days, the elder Perry pitched two complete-game victories as Holy Cross won the 1952 College World Series; and he was a star guard on the basketball team that won the 1954 NIT championship.
Matt Perry batted .426 while playing for the Geneva Red Wings in the wood-bat New York Collegiate Baseball League last year.