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Frank Joseph Corridon

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[edit] Biographical Information

Fiddler Corridon may have been the person who invented the spitball.

He had a 2.80 ERA in six years in the big leagues during the dead ball era. In 1909, with the Philadelphia Phillies, his 2.11 ERA was 10th in the National League. He also played in 8 games as a position player during his career.

He managed the Springfield Ponies in the Eastern Association for part of 1913.

A letter from pitcher and later umpire George Hildebrand indicates that Hildebrand was with Providence in 1902 and learned about the new spitball concept from Corridon. He and Corridon experimented together as to the best amount of wetness. At the time, such a pitch was not illegal. When Hildebrand came to the majors, he taught it to others, who in turn taught it to others, and the rest is history.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1907)
  • 20 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1905, 1907 & 1908)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1913 Springfield Ponies Eastern Association -- -- replaced by Jack O'Hara

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