Date and Place of Birth: July 21, 1915 Sunbury, North Carolina
Died: May 1, 1978 Cincinnati, Ohio
Military Unit: US Army Air Force
Area Served: United States
E Corbitt was born on July 21, 1915 in
In 1938, he was with
Corbitt joined the Brooklyn
Dodgers’ organization in 1941 and played with
Corbitt appeared to be a
serious challenger for the shortstop job which belonged to Pee Wee
Reese at the time, but military service intervened on January 9,
1942. He enrolled with the Army at
As an aviation cadet he was
stationed at Maxwell Field in
Corbitt was discharged from service during the summer of 1945 and joined the Dodgers for two games in September, making a promising start at the plate with two hits in four at-bats.
return of Pee Wee Reese in the spring of 1946, Corbitt was sold to
the Cincinnati Reds and played 82 games as a back-up to Eddie
Miller, batting .248. In 1947 he played for
back with the Reds for 44 games in 1949, but spent the best part of
the year and the following four seasons with
Claude Corbitt passed away
on May 1, 1978 in
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