Tommy Corcoran

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Tommy Corcoran
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Shortstop
Born:(1869-01-04)January 4, 1869
New Haven, Connecticut
Died: June 25, 1960(1960-06-25) (aged 91)
Plainfield, Connecticut
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1890, for the Pittsburgh Burghers
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 1907, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average .256
Hits 2,259
Home runs 34
Runs batted in 1,137
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Thomas William Corcoran (January 4, 1869 – June 25, 1960) [1] was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop from 1890 to 1907 for the Pittsburgh Burghers (1890), Philadelphia Athletics (1891), Brooklyn Grooms/Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1892–1896), Cincinnati Reds (1897–1906) and the New York Giants (1907). The 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Connecticut native occasionally played second base later in his career. He batted and threw right-handed. [2]

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Career

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Corcoran gained the nicknames Corky and Tommy the Cork. He was considered a hard-working, supple-handed shortstop.

A mediocre hitter, Corcoran batted .300 in a season just once (1894). He was a barehanded fielder early in his career when gloves were gradually becoming standard equipment, and made the transition to a glove without difficulty. He became adept at going to his right to field ground balls backhanded. Corcoran set a still-standing ML record for shortstops with 14 assists in a nine-inning game. (Lave Cross had 15 assists in a 12-inning game in 1897.) Corcoran finished in the top 10 in the league in at bats seven times.

Over an 18-season career, Corcoran batted .256, with 34 home runs and 1,135 RBIs. He had a total of 387 stolen bases, scored 1,184 runs, and made 2,256 hits in 8,812 career at-bats. He accumulated 2,957 total bases.

After retiring as a player, Corcoran became an umpire; his umpiring included one season in the short-lived third major circuit, the Federal League.

Corcoran had four sons and a daughter. He died at the age of 91 in Plainfield, Connecticut.

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References

  1. Leo Leahy (1994). Lumber Men: Nontraditional Statistical Measurements of the Batting Careers of Over 900 Major League Regulars from 1876 to 1992. McFarland. p. 78. ISBN   978-0-89950-925-9.
  2. "Tommy Corcoran Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012.