John J. Corbett
- Bats unknown, Throws Right
- Born unknown
Jack Corbett played in the minor leagues from 1887 to 1897, mainly as a second baseman. He was later a minor league manager for a number of teams.
In 1915 and 1916, he was the manager of the Asheville Tourists of the North Carolina State League. During those two years, he was a boarder in a house in Asheville, NC operated by Julia Wolfe, mother of young Thomas Wolfe, who served as a batboy for the team and would later grow up to be one the greatest American novelists of the 20th century. A number of his books, most notably his masterpiece You Can't Go Home Again (published posthumously in 1940), feature a ballplayer named Nebraska Crane, whom scholars claim are based on Corbett.
While managing the Tourists, he was involved in the quickest game on record in professional baseball history on August 30, 1916. Asheville and Winston-Salem played the game that day at breakneck speed to allow Winston-Salem to catch an early train home, and the game concluded in 31 minutes only.
After World War I, Corbett moved to California. While his career as a manager came to an end, he made one more significant contribution to baseball, inventing a new style of base with a tapered lip on the bottom to grip the infield dirt and a six-inch anchoring stanchion. That type of base, known as the "Jack Corbett Hollywood Base Sets", was adopted by the Major Leagues in 1939 and are still used to this day.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1903||Creston Cyclones||Southwest Iowa League||24-19||NA||Team joined for second half June 29|
|1905||Wausau Lumberjacks||Wisconsin State League||--||--||replaced by John Mott|
|1907||Ottumwa Packers||Iowa State League||51-74||7th|
|1909||Monmouth Browns||Illinois-Missouri League||77-50||1st|
|1910||Beardstown Infants||Illinois-Missouri League||--||--||replaced by Pants Rowland|
|1911||Lincoln Abes||Illinois-Missouri League||5th||replaced Charles Vaught|
|1912||Monmouth Browns||Central Association||--||--||replaced Bert Hough, replaced by R.L. Noven|
|1914||Asheville Mountaineers||North Carolina State League||6th||replaced Louis Cook|
|1915||Asheville Mountaineers||North Carolina State League||--||--||replaced by Louis Cook|
|1916||Asheville Tourists||North Carolina State League||58-54||4th|
|1917||Columbia Comers||South Atlantic League||40-28||2nd||League Champs|
- Wynn Montgomery: "Quicker than Quick", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 2 (Fall 2011), pp. 104-106.