Corbitt, Claude

Primary Position: Shortstop
Birthplace: Sunbury

First, Middle Names: Claude Elliott

Date of Birth:  July 21, 1915   Date and Place of Death: May 1, 1978, Cincinnati, OH
Burial: Arlington Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati

High School: Undetermined  
College: Duke University, Durham, NC

Bats: R             Throws: R        Height and Weight: 5-10, 170
Debut Year: 1945       Final Year: 1949          Years Played: 4
Teams and Years: Brooklyn Dodgers, 1945; Cincinnati Reds, 1946, 1948-49

Career Summary
G          AB       H         R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
215    630    153    60       37         1          .243      .297     .286     +1.3

Claude Corbitt may have given his baseball career to his country. Like many ballplayers of his generation, Corbitt put down his glove and bat to serve in the armed forces during World War II. Before enlisting in 1942, Corbitt was a slick-fielding shortstop who had been among the batting leaders at every stop in the minor leagues. The Brooklyn Dodgers thought he would compete with eventual Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese for the starting job. When he returned from war three years later and finally made his major-league debut, Corbitt was a 30-year-old with diminished skills. He would be no more than a utility player.

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