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Corky Valentine

Harold Lewis Valentine
Born: Jan. 4, 1929 in Troy, Ohio
Died: Jan. 21, 2005 in Canton, Ga.
Debut: 1954 | Pos: P
H: 6'1" | W: 203 | B: R | T: R

Yrs W L G SV IP SO ERA
2 14 12 46 1 221.0 87 4.81

>> Visit the Corky Valentine biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.


Corky Valentine, who went 14-12 in two seasons as a pitcher with the Reds, died on Jan. 21, 2005 in Canton, Ga. He was 76.

In two seasons, he finished with a 14-12 record and a 4.81 ERA in 221 innings pitched.

He made his debut with Cincinnati in 1954 at the age of 25. He was 12-11 that season with a 4.45 ERA in 194.1 innings. In 1955, he pitched just 26.2 innings and posted a 2-1 record with a 7.42 ERA. Arm problems brought an early end to his major league career.

In his career in the majors, he did surrender one of Hank Aaron's 755 home runs.

According to his obituary, he joined the Atlanta Crackers in 1956 and helped the team win two championships in the Southern Association. In the offseasons, he worked as a police officer in Atlanta.

Following his career in baseball, he continued to work as a police officer in Atlanta until he joined the Fulton County police department in 1975. He was a decorated officer and retired in 1992.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary