Roy Talcott is a story of an individual who reached the heights of two professions: baseball and medicine. Growing up in Boston, Roy went on to be a star pitcher at Princeton University. Roy graduated in 1943 and immediately signed with the Boston Braves. Remarkably, Talcott only played 2/3's of an inning before a career ending shoulder injury. Not to be deterred, Roy went on to medical school after serving in World War II and became a highly successful Doctor in Miami, Florida. Dr. Talcott even treated the likes of Ted Williams. We hope you enjoy the following tribute:
Dr. Roy Talcott Sonnet
Roy’s home, a few Green Line stops from Fenway,
At Brookline High School, baseball he would play.
A star pitcher for Princeton, Talcott soared,
Forty Five wins, still an all-time record.
The year was 1943 for Roy’s dream,
Talcott earned a spot on the Boston Brave’s team.
To play ball in Beantown, legendary stuff,
Two outs in, Roy tore his rotator cuff.
One of the shortest Major League careers,
Baseball ended. Off to war, no time for tears.
Duke Medical, and long time Miami Doctor,
Serving others, the most critical factor
Like “Doc Graham”, Dr. Talcott realized two dreams,
Baseball and Medicine, unlikely extremes.
Richard C. Welch, Jr. 02/27/2012
Roy Talcott '43
(The Daily Princetonian Larry Dupraz Digital Archives)
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