August 10, 1859|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died: October 14, 1891
Newark, New Jersey
|May 1, 1880, for the Chicago White Stockings|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 20, 1887, for the Indianapolis Hoosiers|
|Earned run average||2.36|
|Career highlights and awards|
Corcoran debuted in 1880, winning 43 games and leading the Chicago team to the National League championship. Cap Anson alternated him with pitcher Fred Goldsmith, giving Chicago the first true pitching "rotation" in professional baseball.
In 1882, Corcoran became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a career. Two seasons later, he became the first pitcher to throw three no-hitters, setting a record that would stand until 1965, when Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter. He is also famous for being one of baseball's very few switch-pitchers, and is the only player in MLB history whose batting-throwing combination was "bats left, throws both." A natural righty, Corcoran pitched four innings alternating throwing arms on June 16, 1884, due to the inflammation of his right index finger. He is credited with creating the first method of signaling pitches to his catcher, which consisted of moving a wad of chewing tobacco in his mouth to indicate what pitch would be thrown.
Corcoran's arm was dead by 1885, and by 1887 he was out of the league.
- List of Major League Baseball annual ERA leaders
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- List of Major League Baseball annual wins leaders
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- FutilityInfielder.com – Article on Corcoran and other switch pitchers
- TheDeadballEra.com – obituary
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