Matthew Daniel Lynch
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 174 lb.
- School Southern Methodist University
- Debut September 14, 1948
- Final Game October 2, 1948
- Born February 7, 1926 in Dallas, TX USA
- Died June 30, 1978 in Plano, TX USA
Texas native Danny Lynch spent seven years in professional baseball from 1948 to 1954. On June 3, 1948 he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent. Lynch had served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper in World War II. Danny attended Southern Methodist University after the war on the G.I. Bill. He played both basketball and baseball.
The young infielder was assigned to the Waco Pirates of the Big State League, appeared in 91 games, and hit at a .304 clip with 14 home runs while holding down the shortstop position.
On September 2, 1948, he was granted free agency and on September 7th, Lynch signed with the Chicago Cubs. Lynch played his first game with the Cubs on September 14, 1948 at second base. He appeared in seven games with two chances and no errors and had seven at-bats with two hits for a .286 average. One of his base-hits was a home run off of Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn. He would play his last game in The Show on October 2 of the same year.
Despite his short but good showing with the Cubs, Lynch did not make the big league roster the following spring. He played the rest of his career in the minor leagues with eight different teams, mostly at the double A and triple A level. His last season came in the Texas League in 1954 in a split-season affair with the Tulsa Oilers, and the Oklahoma City Indians, where he hit .293 in 144 games. This gave him a minor league career record of appearing in 850 games with 32 home runs and an estimated .271 batting average.
After baseball. Lynch returned to his native Texas to pursue the practice of law. He was killed when the car he was driving was struck by a cement-mixer truck. The accident happened on June 30, 1978 in Plano, TX. Matthew Daniel Lynch was 52 years old. He was survived by his son Dan Lynch , and his daughters Mary Walker, Tricia Hayes, and Liz Nolan.
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