Twins Pitcher Ray Corbin Remembers

Posted September 20th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in Dave Boswell, Luis Tiant, Nolan Ryan, Ray Corbin
Same autograph,
decades later!

How about baseball writers sending a little love Ray Corbin’s way? Sure, it happened nearly 40 years ago. Better late than never.

Out come the adjectives for any 2011 complete-game pitcher. Two straight CG’s? Are you serious?!?

In 1972, Corbin did more than earn three straight complete games. He compiled a 27.1 scoreless innings streak.

Did the media thrill over every pitch? I could almost hear the sigh come from Corbin as he wrote…

“Very little response since in those days shutouts and complete games were much more common than today. Not uncommon for the leader in shutouts to be in double figures.”

Again, Corbin reeled off another career high in 1975, striking out nine White Sox. He noted:

“I wasn’t a big strikeout pitcher and was unaware that career high in K’s came in my final season. With Nolan Ryan setting K records, I’m sure mine were unnoticed.

Don’t confuse Corbin’s humility with a lack of confidence. Check out what 1971 spring training was like:

“I had a great spring and knew I had a chance to make the team after (Dave) Boswell and (Luis) Tiant were released.”

Coming Wednesday: Former outfielder Glenn Wilson returns…with a book!

3 Responses to “Twins Pitcher Ray Corbin Remembers”

  1. Shaik says:

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  3. Anonymous says:

    How could one write a fan letter to this gentleman. If people remember the old strat-o-matic game, he was one of the few I got a no hitter from. Given that era pitching, (look at his scoreless streak this article speaks of) any or many pitchers could have thrown one and occasionally did (not just the stars). Today most of the time it would be someone you might expect if from. Would love to share that with Ray.

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