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John Flaherty
John  Flaherty

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John Flaherty lettered three years in baseball ('86-88) prior to being selected in the 25th round of the major league baseball free agent draft by the Boston Red Sox in June, 1988. An outstanding defensive catcher for the Colonials, Flaherty also was productive with the bat for Coach John Castleberry. At the time of his Athletic Hall of Fame induction, Flaherty's name was listed in the Top 10 in four offensive categories at GW: hits (144), RBIs(87), home runs (19) and total bases (243).

After spending four full seasons in the minor leagues with the Boston organization ('88-91) and then parts of two seasons with the Red Sox (`92-92), the Bronx, N.Y., native was traded to the Detroit Tigers where he played the spent the next two years playing for veteran manager Sparky Anderson.

In June, he was part of a five-player trade, going from Detroit to San Diego. As the starting catcher for the Padres, he sparkled both behind the plate and with the bat, hitting a career high .303 for the National League West Division champions. He also hit safely in 27 straight games between June 21 and July 27, second best in major league baseball in '96 and the second longest in baseball history by a catcher.

Flaherty, who initially came to GW from St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., in 1985, completed his bachelor's degree in speech communication in 1990. He is married to the former Allyn Yorizzo.

Flaherty is one of four GW baseball products to play major league baseball. Two others, catcher Steve Korcheck '53 (Washington Senators) and infielder Sam Perlozzo '73 (Minnesota Twins, San Diego) are also members of the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement, Flaherty joined the YES Network as a color analyst for New York Yankees broadcasts. In addition to game commentary, Flaherty can be seen on on the network as a studio anaylst for the New York Yankees Pre-Game Show, Yankee Batting Practice Today, and the New York Yankees Post-Game Show.