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Gerald Thomas Lynch
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 189 lb.
- Debut April 15, 1954
- Final Game October 2, 1966
- Born July 17, 1930 in Bay City, MI USA
- Died April 1, 2012 in Austell, GA USA
 Biographical Information
Jerry Lynch became the greatest pinch-hitter of his era, and one of the best pinch-hitters of all time. Although he appeared in 1184 major league games, only 710 of them were in the field (mostly as a left fielder). He had 116 career pinch hits.
He became more or less a regular outfielder (he appeared in 98 games) as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954, making his debut at age 23 on a team whose average age was 26. That year, he and Toby Atwell had back-to-back homers twice in one game; no Pirate duo would copy them until Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez in 2014. He played for the Pirates until 1956, then was drafted by Cincinnati. He played with the Redlegs/Reds until 1963, when he was traded back to Pittsburgh for Bob Skinner. He finished his career with Pittsburgh in 1966. He was a member of the Reds' 1961 World Series team, going 0 for 3 with a walk as the Reds lost in 5 games to the New York Yankees; he had hit a career-high .315 in 96 games that year and his 25 RBI as a pinch-hitter that year are still tied for the major league record (with Joe Cronin in 1943 and Rusty Staub in 1983).