|Title:||Class of 1997|
Mike Shipulski, you are WPI's only All-America baseball player. You achieved this honor at the end of the 1986 season, the year you led the NCAA Division II in runs-batted-in per game, and the year you led your team to a 16-13-1 record. A dedicated and committed baseball player, you were an All-New England selection in your junior year and were chosen to play in the collegiate All-Star game, which was played at historic Fenway Park.
But mere statistics were never your major concern. In fact, you were rarely aware of your standing unless someone told you how you were doing. And no matter how much you achieved, you always felt you could do better. "I know there's more in me than what I'm showing," you once said.
As team captain during your senior year, you taught the finer points of the game to the younger players on the squad and inspired them to do their best.
Your coaches at the time, Jim Culpepper and Whit Griffith, saw special qualities in you from the beginning. "I believed all along that Mike was a bona fide All-America candidate," Culpepper says. "He could hit for power, hit for distance, and pop a single if you needed one."
Griffith adds a comparison to a Red Sox legend. "He sees the ball so well and fouls off the corner strikes while looking for the pitch he wants. When he's called out on strikes, it's probably only because he has a better eye than the umpires do. He's like Ted Williams in that respect."
Mike Shipulski, for your history-making accomplishments on the baseball field, it is an honor to induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.