Joseph Francis Connor
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut September 9, 1895
- Final Game October 7, 1905
- Born December 8, 1874 in Waterbury, CT USA
- Died November 8, 1957 in Waterbury, CT USA
"Springfield is likely to have by far the best catcher in the League in Joe Connor, as it isn't at all likely that there will be any backstops of his caliber playing in the Connecticut League. Joe is associated with his brother Roger in the ownership and management of the club, and believes that he can make more money than he would in either the American or National League." - from Sporting Life of February 8, 1902, about Joe Connor, who played much of his minor league career in the Connecticut State League
Joe Connor was Roger Connor's much younger brother. Joe broke into the majors in 1895 when he was 20, while his brother was a 37-year-old veteran. Joe came up originally with Roger's team, the 1895 St. Louis Browns.
Joe didn't come back to the majors until 1900, but he got most of his at-bats in the new-born 1901 American League, as a catcher (he had played third base in 1895). His hitting for the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers was above their team averages, but he was released in July, and did not hit well for the 1901 Cleveland Blues who had picked him up four days after Milwaukee released him.
He came back to the majors for a few games, on loan from the Eastern League.
Both Joe and his brother Roger were born and died in Waterbury, CT. Joe much outlived his brother. Through 2006, fifteen major leaguers have been born in Waterbury, CT, including Jim Piersall and Red Donahue.
"Joe Connor is fast enough for faster leagues than the Connecticut Association. He is an excellent base runner, a fine hitter, and who can hold down any position except that of pitcher." - Sporting Life of July 15, 1899