Vic Correll

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Victor Crosby Correll

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Introduction and career[edit]

Vic Correll was a catcher who came into the big leagues with a bang, hitting .500 in 4 at-bats with the Boston Red Sox in 1972, and went out with a bang, hitting .421 in 19 at-bats with the Cincinnati Reds in 1980. In between, he couldn't muster anything over .238.

Correll had been at Georgia Southern College at the same time as Ken Szotkiewicz. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round in 1967, he was listed on the Indians' 1969 spring roster after leading Western Carolinas League catchers with 73 assists in 1968, while hitting .286. Correll was released in 1971, signed by the Chicago White Sox, and drafted from the White Sox by the Red Sox with whom he broke into the majors in 1972.

From 1974 to 1976, he had at least 200 at-bats each year with the Atlanta Braves. He played behind Johnny Oates in 1974, and was the starting catcher in 1975 and 1976. Biff Pocoroba became the starter in 1977, and Correll was released near the end of spring training in 1978.

A few days later the Cincinnati Reds signed him as a player-coach for the Indianapolis Indians, but by mid-June he was back in the majors. He was the #2 catcher behind Johnny Bench in 1978 and 1979. The Reds won the division in 1979, but Correll did not appear in post-season play. Correll ended his career after a September call-up in 1980.

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