Cornelius Francis Dempsey
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Con Dempsey, who pitched three games for Pittsburgh, died on Aug. 5, 2006 in Redwood City, Calif.
He tried out for outfielder on his high school team, his obituary said, but he didn't make it. He was allowed to throw batting practice and coaches were impressed with his arm.
He played baseball and basketball at the University of San Francisco. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served in both the European and Pacific theaters. Following his service, he returned to pitch in the minor leagues.
Dempsey used his distinctive sidearm style to lead the Pacific Coast league in strikeouts in 1948 and 1949. He posted 16 wins in 1948 and 17 in 1949.
In 1951, he made his brief appearance in the major leagues with Pittsburgh.
According to his obituary, Dempsey's career was shortened by Branch Rickey's decision to have the pitcher change his delivery to an overhand style.
He was out of baseball in 1952, but pitched for the Oakland Oaks in 1953.
Following his career in baseball, Dempsey was a coach and teacher at Giannini Middle School in San Francisco.