Our representatives on The Hall of Fame Committee have concluded
that Mike Bryant is one of the very best to ever play baseball at Acton-Boxborough. Let's check the boxes. Does he have a cannon - check. Speed and range - check. Instincts - check. Hit for average - check.
Hit for power - check. Love of the game - check.
Mike both lettered and started all four years of his baseball career at AB. As a freshman Mike led the DCL in batting with a .429 average and was a three time DCL First Team All Star selection from 1975-77. Mike's senior year numbers: .400 batting average, 5 homers and 25 RBI's in 24 games earned him first team Boston Globe and Boston Herald first team All-Scholastic. AB Hall of Fame Baseball coach Jack Hughes(ab) says, "Mike was one of only two players during my coaching tenure to play four years of varsity baseball while making significant contributions in all four years. Mike was a natural who hit for power and average. He was a tremendous defensive outfielder with the strongest arm I have seen." His baseball skills were complimented by an outstanding high school basketball career playing for AB Hall of Fame coaches Paul McDermott(ab) and Rich MacLeod(ab). In 1977 Mike was a DCL All Star who lead the team in scoring with a 19.5 scoring average. If there was a 3-point line back then, he most likely would have cracked the 1000 point club with his downtown range. Mike was voted the Best All-Around Male Athlete at AB in 1977 and parlayed those athletic skills into a baseball scholarship at UMass Lowell setting the singled season home run record for The River Hawks. Mike was a two time All New England first team selection and played in the College All Star Game at Fenway Park both seasons. In his sophomore year Mike led the nation in home runs and runs batted in. In the summer of 1980 Mike was a 9th round selection of The Boston Red Sox in the MLB draft.
Mike is currently a fulltime professional hitting instructor in Las Vegas and Associate Scout for The Chicago Cubs. Mike has worked with multiple major league ballplayers, many still in Major League Baseball.
Mike lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 36 years, Susan Braidman AB Class of '79. Mike and Susan have two sons, Nicholas, who has a master's degree in Biology and is a Physician's Assistant in Las Vegas and Christopher, Chicago Cubs 3rd baseman, MLB Rookie of The Year and World Series MVP in 2016.
Mike's most memorable AB moment was hitting the game winning solo homer for fellow Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Schmid(ab) who pitched a gem, against Wayland. In the bottom of the 7th Mike threw out the tying run at the plate from deep center field.